If you’ve been wondering how the city of Sacramento was going to come up with a viable arena plan for the Kings before the NBA meetings in mid-April, you can stop wondering that now, and instead wonder how it’ll come up with a viable arena plan by March 26. That’s when city manager John Shirey says he hopes to have a term sheet for the city council to vote on, because his original planned date, April 2, “might be cutting it a little close for meetings with the NBA.” It’s still not clear how much time the council will have to read the thing and discuss it or vote — let alone whether it’ll actually have a concrete funding plan or just the kind of hand-waviness they voted on last year — at least we have a date now when we’ll know what we still don’t know.
Up in Seattle, meanwhile — if it okay with you, I’m going to treat Sacramento and Seattle events as all part of the same story for the moment — the longshore workers union has decided that it is going to appeal the ruling against its arena lawsuit after all, and this time it will challenge the economic impact study for the project, not just the environmental impact study. I still don’t see this as a likely major stumbling block — even if they find a judge willing to overturn the first judge’s ruling just on the grounds that said first judge “was wearing blinders” (actual public argument from the union’s lawyer), the remedy with these things is usually just to order a new impact study, not to throw out the whole project, so it’s more likely to cause a delay and/or require tweaks to the plan than to stop it. I guess there’s some slim possibility that fear of the mighty International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 19 legal department will spook the NBA and cause them to reject the Kings sale, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.