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Dear Sonics fans,
If you live in Washington state, your Primary Election Ballots should start arriving this week. This is for the Primary officially held on August 1, 2017.
We have researched the candidates and want to provide you with information regarding their Seattle Arena policies.
To be completely clear, we do not encourage any of our members or fans to vote based exclusively on the issue of the arena or bringing back the Sonics. While this remains important to all of us, we absolutely acknowledge that our region has crucial issues such as transportation, education, homelessness, health care, the environment, crime, social justice, jobs, affordable housing and business growth that need to be high priorities for public officials. We advise all citizens to research the platforms of each candidate, with the arena being just one of many issues to consider when voting.
That said, this debate has gone on long enough. It has been nine years since Seattle lost the Sonics, and our government has been debating how to adequately address our region’s glaring arena inadequacies for more than two decades. The City Council has two legitimate arena deals on the table that each represent massive private investment into the public sector, a position most cities would love to be in right now.
Here is a good summary of where things currently stand from our friends at SonicsRising.
Seattle City Council Central Staff released this FAQ on Civic Arenas.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said recently that league expansion is “inevitable at some point” and that “Seattle will no doubt be on a short list of cities” when the time comes.
We want to be extremely clear on this point: Sonicsgate’s primary goal has always been to bring the SuperSonics back to Seattle. We are not here to stand in the way of any plan that can legitimately achieve that end. We expect our elected officials to evaluate both proposals and vote to approve a deal that puts Seattle in the best position to get an NBA team as soon as possible.
No matter what happens from here, Chris Hansen is a hero for all the work he has put into the SoDo arena proposal and his valiant attempts to bring back the Sonics. He has spent more than five years with millions of dollars poured into these efforts, and his group set the bar for what all public-private partnerships should look like when proposing arena facilities around the nation, balancing community benefits with responsible private financing and local engagement.
Tim Leiweke’s group also brings tremendous legitimacy to the process based on past experience financing and operating major arenas. Their proposal to renovate KeyArena has challenges to overcome, particularly regarding traffic and neighborhood impact mitigation, but this is a group that has the knowledge and financial means to make it happen.
We have seen extensive debate about each location and financing plan this year. With all that has happened in the ongoing Sonicsgate saga, we don’t want to rule out either plan right now. Think about how happy we would have been to have this level of engagement from wealthy investors and public officials when we still had the Sonics back in 2008… we must learn from the failures of the past and move forward to settle this arena issue once and for all!
The only true failure now would be Seattle walking away with no approved arena deal at the end of this year.
On October 25, 2016 –the first day of the ninth NBA Season without the Sonics in Seattle–Chris Hansen announced that his investor group is removing the public financing component completely from the SoDO arena proposal, making an already outstanding deal even better and reigniting the hopes of Sonics fans everywhere!
On November 14, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson announced he is joining the SoDo arena investment group and will help lead the charge to bring the NBA back to Seattle!
*UPDATE – 06.23.2016*
The NHL officially expanded to Las Vegas. There are 16 teams in the Eastern Conference. 15 teams in the Western Conference. Sonics Arena approval = NHL Seattle. An NBA team would follow right behind.
Read the FEIS and SDOT reports. Study the numbers. Watch the testimony in favor of the SoDo arena plan.
Who is Peter Goldman?
You’ve seen him vehemently opposing the Seattle Arena MOU during public comment at the Seattle City Council, representing both the ILWU and himself as a resident of West Seattle.
It’s #GameTime. Time for the City Council to Vacate Occidental for an approved, shovel-ready Seattle Arena Plan!
Come out and show your support to the Seattle City Council!
Public Hearing on the Occidental Street Vacation
at Seattle City Hall (600 4th Avenue)
Tuesday, March 15 at 5:30pm
** Pre-Hearing Tip-Off with Kevin Calabro! **
4:00pm at the Bertha Knight Landes Room (in City Hall)
After four years of public hearings, traffic analysis, environmental impact studies, council votes and legislative due diligence, the final step to having a shovel-ready arena plan approved in Seattle is for the City Council to vote on vacating a one-block section of Occidental Avenue in the SoDo arena footprint.
On February 29, 2016, the producers of Sonicsgate scaled a SoDo rooftop to document the critical traffic conditions that arena opponents claim as their primary argument against vacating Occidental Avenue. This was a Monday, and the same day that “the largest cargo ship to visit the United States” pulled up to unload its freight at the Port of Seattle.
We filmed the one-block section of Occidental Avenue in question from 10:30am – 7:30pm. During a nine-hour period, we captured light civilian traffic with clear conditions and virtually zero use for Port shipping containers.
Take a deep breath, Seattle sports fans, and let it all sink in. All the redemption; all the serendipity; all the glory. This really happened. It wasn’t a dream. Our loyal fan base recently experienced what is undoubtedly the greatest weekend in Seattle sports history to date, and we are now a city of champions.
As the calendar flipped from January 31 to February 1 to February 2, 2014, so too flipped over a decade of misery for Seattle sports fans. After having both Super Bowl XL and our beloved Sonics stolen from us, and with the Mariners being one of only two MLB franchises to never win a pennant, Seattle justifiably led Forbes’ list of America’s Most Miserable Sports Cities in 2013.
But on this fateful weekend in 2014, a trifecta of redemptive forces converged over the New York tri-state area, shattering Seattle’s cocoon of devastating losses and marking the beginning of a new era; one in which we are the victors, and we force ourselves into the national conversation.
The Seattle Seahawks are Super Bowl champions after demolishing the favored Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Sonicsgate director Jason Reid, producer Adam Brown and cinematographer Ian Connors were lucky enough to already be in New York City premiering a short football doc titled Mr. Irrelevant. We couldn’t be in NY and let this once in a lifetime experience pass us by, so we busted out the credit cards and pulled the trigger on some StubHub Super Bowl tickets just three hours before the game.
Within five minutes of walking into MetLife stadium, we ran into Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses and Softy from KJR, a positive omen for the game and a reminder that we’re all in this fight together.
This twisted rationalization of an article by Jenni Carlson of NewsOK is hilarious!
“We get Kevin Durant’s brilliance and Russell Westbrook’s high wire acts. You get Russell Wilson’s mastery and Richard Sherman’s hair.
Can we call it even?…
In return, maybe someone there in Seattle could get those ‘Sonicsgate’ guys to cool it… Listen, you leave our basketball team alone and we promise not to come after your football team.”
First, we at Sonicsgate have never said anything bad about OKC fans or the great players who were stolen from Seattle like Kevin Durant and Nick Collison. But we’d no sooner forget about Clay Bennett’s lies and Aubrey McClendon’s malfeasance than we’d set foot in a Starbucks, endorse Greg Nickels for office or pal around with David Stern.
We’ll always root against the OKC Thunderp franchise, just like we rooted against our old Western Conference rivals in the Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns and LA Lakers, but with a stolen team bonus that shoots this instantly to the top of the rivalry hierarchy. Maybe when OKC has a team for another 36 years, they’ll start to understand how deep this truly goes. #41years Continue reading