We’re starting another travel week for me, so expect posts to be somewhat sporadic and abbreviated — like this one:
As part of Sacramento’s deal to spend $226 million (or more, depending on how you count) on the new Kings arena, the Sacramento mayor’s office will be getting a luxury suite of its own to be used for “city business.” Some people are not happy:
“For me, I didn’t feel it was appropriate,” said outgoing city councilman Darrell Fong. “I think it’s a perk, and I saw this, and I’m definitely not going to use this. If the city has business there, that’s great. But how does the public benefit from that?”
Which was entirely predictable:
Roger Noll, a Stanford economics professor who has researched arena deals, told KCRA 3 that suites aren’t given to all cities during arena negotiations.
“Most cities don’t do that, but some do, because usually it’s a political hot potato. But if you can get away with it, you do,” he said.
It’s entirely possible that City Hall will end up deciding to give the suite to charity or something, as has happened in other cases. (Which I don’t have time to look up right now. Abbreviated, remember?) But for now just add it to the list of ways that City Officials Do Things That Make It Look Even More Like They’ve Been Bought Off Than It Did Already.