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September 9, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Chris Hansen agrees to $50,000 fine for illegal contribution

Chris Hansen and  members of a Sacramento political committee trying to block efforts to build a new arena there have agreed to pay a $50,000 fine to settle violations of California rules on campaign contributions. Hansen was accused of making an illegal $100,000 contribution to a group seeking a vote on public financing for a new…


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August 8, 2013 at 6:17 PM

City stops arena work for non-payment

The City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development has placed a hold on the Sodo arena project because of about $47,000 in unpaid fees by investor Chris Hansen. A spokesman for the department said review work currently under way will not continue until the back due amount is paid. Hansen has until Aug. 25 to…


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July 15, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Appeals court to consider Sodo arena challenge

A state Court of Appeals judge will consider arguments today brought by the local longshore workers union that the city and county shouldn’t have entered into a deal to build a sports arena in the Sodo neighborhood before state environmental reviews were completed.

Attorneys for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 19 are asking the appeals court to invalidate a Memorandum of Understanding reached with investor Chris Hansen in October 2012, arguing it coerces government decision-makers to approve a Sodo site and limits consideration of alternate sites.

“There is no ‘Bring Back the Sonics’ exception to SEPA,” said Peter Goldman, attorney for the longshore workers, refering to the State Environmental Policy Act. Goldman argues that the agreement with Hansen triggered a series of steps, including acquiring an NBA team, designing a new arena and seeking building permits at the Sodo location that foreclose meaningful consideration of alternate locations that might have fewer environmental impacts.

“The question is how much can government agree to with a private developer before doing SEPA,” Goldman said. “The whole deal was designed to build momentum for an arena in Sodo.”


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May 12, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Sunday memo: Happy Mother’s Day … Remembering Cafe Racer … Shooting in the CD

A rainy Mother’s Day and rest of week:  Shower all the mothers out there with love ’cause it’s going to be a rainy one. Showers likely through the next several days including a 90 percent chance tomorrow. Something tells me it’ll be a lot easier to find a playing field at Cal Anderson this week. Central…


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May 11, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Saturday Memo: $75 million more … Migrating birds … Rain on Mother’s Day

National Weather Service forecast How high? That’s a question the NBA Board of Governors has to be asking after Chris Hansen raised his offer for the Sacramento Kings by another $75 million, taking it up to $625 million. The board is meeting Wednesday to decide whether the Kings stay in California or migrate north…


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April 13, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Saturday memo: Kings bidding war … Barefoot Bandit … mountain snow …

National Weather Service forecast $550 million! Do I hear $575?  You can almost hear the auctioneer calling as a bidding war for the Sacramento Kings seems likely now that Chris Hansen and his Seattle supporters have added $25 million to their $550 million offer for the team. Who is Chris Hansen? The answer to that…


Comments | More in Weather Beat | Topics: Barefoot Bandit, Chris Hansen, Colton Harris-Moore

March 4, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Longshore workers will appeal Sodo arena ruling

The local longshore workers’ union plans to appeal a judge’s ruling that an agreement to build a sports arena in Sodo did not violate state environmental laws.

Local 19 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, whose members load and unload cargo at Port of Seattle facilities within blocks of the proposed Sodo arena site, announced this morning that they will ask a Washington Appeals Court for an expedited hearing of the case.

“The ILWU Local 19 believes that the court failed to acknowledge that the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) is a violation of the State Environmental Protection Act (SEPA), which outlines the action the city and and county took to construct an arena in Sodo without an EIS,” the union said in a statement.

A King County Superior Court judge two weeks ago threw out the union challenge to an agreement among Seattle, the county and investor Chris Hansen to build a $490 million state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue with up to $200 million in public funds.


Comments | Topics: Chris Hansen, Longshore workers union, Sodo arena

January 24, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Small share of Kings is in bankruptcy, could be snag in sale to Seattle group

The Sacramento Bee reported today of a potential new snag in the sale of the NBA’s Kings to a group that would relocate them to Seattle. The Bee says a bankruptcy trustee who controls 7 percent of the Kings says the team’s limited partners are being denied their legal right to match a Seattle…


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