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March 22, 2011
Anaheim officials silent on paying for Honda Center upgrades

Anaheim officials are staying absolutely silent on a plan being thrown around to possibly issue bonds to pay for improvements at the Honda Center, the presumed future home of the Sacramento Kings should the Kings leave town.

Bee colleague Dale Kasler and I spent a good part of Monday trying to get a comment out of someone at Anaheim City Hall about an item on tonight's City Council agenda regarding the funding of improvements to the city-owned Honda Center.

Kasler called Mayor Tom Tait at his place of business. Nothing. He also called the city finance director today, but got redirected to the city's media relations staff.

I called the mayor and council offices - twice - and heard nothing back. I called City Councilwoman Lorri Galloway at the foundation she runs and didn't get a call back. I then emailed the mayor and the entire council and got no response.

City staff is recommending that tonight's agenda item be delayed until April 12, so it may just be that there's nothing to say yet. Still, Kasler and I want to know how the elected officials in Anaheim feel about using public funds to improve their arena.

City officials in Anaheim have told Orange County media in the past that certain improvements would need to be made to the Honda Center to make it suitable for an NBA tenant.

On a related note, the guys at Sactown Royalty posted an item on Monday that said the delay in the council agenda item had worried the Maloofs, who own the Kings. The blog quoted sources as saying the Maloofs wanted the item heard tonight.

As it stands now, the council item would take place six days before the Maloofs' deadline for requesting a move.

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