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September 30, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Port commissioners: arena threatens jobs, gambles with city money

The Port of Seattle Commission sent a strongly worded letter to Seattle Mayor McGinn today, urging the city to start over on the review process for a proposed sports arena in Sodo.

The Port has opposed the arena from the start, saying it would tangle traffic near the city’s seaport, threatening its competitive position and crowding out maritime and industrial businesses that support middle-class jobs in Seattle. The commission’s letter today is a reaction to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed arena.

“Not only are arena proponents risking Sodo’s full-time, middle class jobs, they are also gambling with city finances,” the letter says.

The Port claims that the city should have analyzed alternative sites for an arena, even though a private investment team led by Chris Hansen is only interested in the Sodo site near Safeco Field. The letter also says the traffic analysis in the report “lacks all credibility.” The letter urges the city to start the process over.


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October 1, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Hague, Lambert pay political cost for Seattle arena vote

Votes by Metropolitan King County Council Members Jane Hague and Kathy Lambert for a proposed professional basketball and hockey arena in Seattle are exacting a political toll. Two Eastside developers and longtime supporters, Skip Rowley of Issaquah and Bob Wallace of Bellevue, emailed a letter to hundreds of business contacts saying the two council members “ignored…


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September 6, 2012 at 7:00 AM

For arena supporters, conflict over Port CEO’s board position is nothing but net

Updated with a comment from Heather Weiner. A letter last week from 13 state Legislators questioning Port of Seattle CEO Tay Yoshitani’s new board position at Expeditors International was drafted by Heather Weiner, the state political director for the Teamsters. A forwarded e-mail to a state legislator shows the Teamsters were shopping around a draft…


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July 23, 2012 at 5:00 PM

County Council could vote Monday on Sodo arena

The Metropolitan King County Council could vote as early as next week on a proposal to invest up to $80 million to build a sports arena in Seattle. In a move that surprised some council members, Budget Chair Joe McDermott pushed Monday for the proposal to move from his oversight committee to the full council for…


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July 19, 2012 at 6:05 AM

Consultants team up for and against arena

People on both sides of a debate over a  new basketball and hockey arena in Sodo are building teams of their own. That would be teams of consultants, and they have hired more than a few to handle the political and communications hurdles they anticipate. We’ve covered former Seattle City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck’s $40,000 contract with the…


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July 13, 2012 at 6:10 AM

Friday briefing: primary election enthuse-o-meter; busy calendar; House, Senate control may hold

Good morning. Happy Friday. Secretary of State Sam Reed has taken our collective temperature for the upcoming August primary election and concluded we are, well, warmer than normal. Reed predicts better-than-usual turnout for the Top 2 primary that begins next week. Reed bets there will be 46 percent turnout, compared to the 43 percent average for…


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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…


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June 27, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Construction unions rally in support of Sodo arena

About 30 union construction workers rallied outside Seattle City Hall Wednesday in support of a proposed new sports arena, saying it could create several thousand jobs. The construction trades have been particularly hard hit by the recession, with about 30 percent of union workers out of work for two years or longer, said Lee Newgent, executive secretary of…


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