Letters to the Editor

Letters: Public plaza, nude statue, Tom Hayden

The plaza outside Golden 1 Center was touted as a public gathering place for Sacramento, but it sometimes is closed. Some people are questioning: Just how public is this space?
The plaza outside Golden 1 Center was touted as a public gathering place for Sacramento, but it sometimes is closed. Some people are questioning: Just how public is this space? pkitagaki@sacbee.com

Arena plaza is not a public square

Re “Is downtown plaza public or private?” (Insight, Oct. 22): When the Sacramento Kings proposed a public gathering space in front of the downtown arena, it was ambitious. Naming it Downtown Commons seemed presumptuous, and calling it DoCo revealed it as contrived.

The Kings are here to make a profit and use the public space when it is convenient for them. It is no surprise that the Kings want the plaza and its public art to be exclusive and exclusionary, despite their condescending marketing ploys.

Tom Higgins, Sacramento

Plaza would get more use if public

I think that the Golden 1 Center plaza should be public. I believe that the plaza is a public place where people can socialize before events and it should be open 24/7.

The plaza helps people walk from place to place while visiting the new attractions and restaurants near the arena. This would make it easier for people who don’t have tickets to get through the large crowds before game time. Overall, the plaza would be in much more use if it were public.

Connor King, Sacramento

Disappointed plaza was closed

Having not seen the new downtown arena, my friend and I wanted to check it out. We got there at 1 p.m. last Wednesday only to be turned away.

We were told it was because of an a cappella group singing there later. When I returned home, I found they were playing at 8 p.m. Really? Seven hours later?

Nancy Garrett, Folsom

Let us know when plaza is closed

The public wants to enjoy the plaza now, not have to wait a year as discussed. I suggest The Bee have a daily and a weekly calendar of sorts to tell the public when that plaza will be closed so people can plan their outings and not be turned away to the new area we have all heard so much about.

Barbara Johnson,


Nude statue better for arena

Re “Big Bay Area nude statue stirs big community debate” (Capitol & California, Oct. 22): This sculpture would have been perfect in front of our new arena for a number of reasons:

1. It’s big. Jeff Koons’ Piglet is dwarfed in front of the new arena.

2. This sculpture has a positive message. In 10 languages it asks, “What would the world be like if women were safe?”

3. It’s a conversation piece. Impossible to miss. An attraction beyond the arena itself.

4. It’s contemporary and an investment. Surely it was a fraction of the cost of Piglet. I have built many sculptures in my day, and I really can’t see how Piglet could have cost more than a couple hundred grand, let alone $8 million. Oh, to imagine what $8 million looks like.

5. The girl in the sculpture actually looks like she could be throwing a basketball into the hoop.

Mary Weitzel-Reed,


Tom Hayden taught us well

Re “Tom Hayden, activist known for Vietnam protests, dies at 76” (Sacbee.com, Oct. 24): I worked with Tom Hayden, and his wife at the time, Jane Fonda, twice. First, in 1982 when he ran for the Assembly, and second, in 1986 on Proposition 65, the clean water initiative.

As a way of raising money for Hayden’s race in 1982, I came up with the idea of the Andy Warhol portrait of Jane. The first 50 prints sold for $2,000 each and the last 50 prints for $3,000 each. Yes, Democrats in Orange County helped raise $250,000 for a candidate that local GOP conservatives openly called a traitor. As far as I am concerned, it was nothing short of a miracle. RIP, Tom. You taught us well.

Denny Freidenrich,

Laguna Beach

Women, report your attacker

Women should report sexual assaults, however difficult. Because some day, their attacker may run for president.

Sheldon Brown,



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