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July 5, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Arena debate escalates

If former Seattle City Council member Peter Steinbrueck is considering a run against Mayor Mike McGinn, his new job as an anti-arena consultant for the Port of Seattle puts him in a good position.

While he is being paid up to $40,000 this year to represent the Port’s interests with regard to a proposed Sodo basketball and hockey arena, he will find himself back in the public spotlight opposite McGinn, the face of the arena proposal.

Steinbrueck, who decided not to run in 2009 despite public pressure, told Seattle Times reporter Bob Young this week that he has not decided whether to run for mayor in 2013.

Meanwhile, add a shipping trade group to the list of maritime and industrial groups opposed to the arena. In a letter to Mayor Mike McGinn and King County Executive Dow Constantine, the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association wrote that the city and county should not agree to a memorandum of understanding with arena investors until all the impacts are studied.

The letter concludes:

“PMSA members are willing to participate in a decision-making process that is open and fair, but cannot accept an incremental fait accompli, beginning with an MOU that gives short shrift to SEPA obligations, and could potentially harm PMSA members’ interests as well as those of the region as a whole.”

A town-hall style meeting about the proposed arena has been scheduled by City Council member Mike O’Brien and King County Council member Bob Ferguson for Tuesday, July 10 from 7-8 p.m. at North Seattle Community College in the cafeteria in the College Center Building. The address is 9600 College Way North.

And if you’re into that kind of thing, the City Council will continue its analysis of the arena Thursday, 2 p.m., in council chambers.

 

 

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