Based upon a 2006 vote and the tenor of public discourse, there doesn't seem to be much appetite around here to fund most of the construction of a new sports and entertainment arena with public money.
But what about a zoo or museums?
That's one topic that could come up on Tuesday when city staffers brief the City Council on a two-year feasibility study of moving the Sacramento Zoo to Sutter's Landing Park in midtown. Such a move "would need to be supported primarily through a regional funding initiative," according to a city staff report.
The zoo attracts nearly 500,000 people each year to its current Land Park location. But a consultant's report showed that the 14-acre site will greatly limit the zoo's ability to remain viable in the long term, given the rising costs of animal care and the limited revenue generated by such a small facility.
The consultant also suggested the city at least consider expanding the zoo at its current site. Even the mere mention of that idea, however, made some members of the Land Park Community Association go bonkers last year.
So what are your thoughts? Would you be at all willing to accept a regional initiative to support a new or expanded zoo with public money? What if the initiative also included a broader arts focus, including museums and performance facilities?