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June 13, 2011
Full roster of mayor's regional arena commission released

The members of a regional arena commission have been named. The group, dubbed Here We Build, will spend the next three months analyzing options for how to finance a new sports arena in Sacramento.

Members of the group will hold their first public meeting on Thursday. Details for the session are still being worked out, but its focus will be on combining public and private resources for an arena project.

The 15 members of the group's executive committee are:

- Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (co-chair)

- Sen. Ted Gaines (co-chair)

- Assemblyman Roger Dickinson

- West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon

- Sacramento Supervisor Phil Serna

- Sacramento City Councilman Rob Fong

- Chris Lehane, political consultant. Lehane chaired two previous arena task forces formed by Mayor Kevin Johnson.

- Willie Pelote, assistant director, political action department for AFSCME

- Adam Loveall, director of administration and legal affairs, United Food and Commercial Workers

- Bob Balgenorth, president, State Building & Construction Council

- Darius Anderson, political adviser. Anderson is also teamed with billionaire Ron Burkle, who has shown interest in purchasing the Kings.

- Dorene Dominguez, chair, Vanir Group of Companies

- Lina Fat, vice president, Fat City, Inc.

- Liane Randolph, attorney

- Tom Friery, former Sacramento city treasurer

The remaining members, announced late Monday, are:

Angelique Ashby Council Member City of Sacramento

Michael Ault Executive Director Downtown Partnership

Mike Barnbaum Mobility & Production Trainer Sacramento PRIDE Industries

Rick Benner Chief Operating Officer Fire Recovery USA, LLC

Linda Budge Council Member City of Rancho Cordova

David Butler CEO Linking Education and Economic Development

Sandra Calvert Council Member City of Loomis

Larry Carr Board Member SMUD

Sherwood Carthen Bishop Bayside of South Sacramento

Steve Cohn Council Member City of Sacramento

Rick Cole Pastor Capital Christian Center

Carla Collins-Mixon Chair Young Leaders Group, Urban Land Institute

Bob Cook Owner Bob Cook Company

Skip Davies Vice Mayor City of Woodland

Gary Davis Council Member City of Elk Grove

Steve Detrick Mayor City of Elk Grove

Nathan Dietrich District Director Office of Congresswoman Doris Matsui

John Duke Mayor Yuba City

Blake Ellington Founder Here We Stay

Woody Fridae Mayor City of Winters

Steve Gandola President and CEO Sacramento Hispanic Chamber

Azizza Goines President Sacramento Black Chamber

Mary Jane Griego Supervisor Yuba County

Steve Hammond President and CEO Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau

Gregory Hayes Communications Director Office of Senator Kevin De Leon

Rex Hime President and CEO California Business Properties Association

Richard Hyde Attorney Law Office of Richard H. Hyde

Rick Jennings CEO Center for Fathers and Families

Gary Johnson President Zoom Imaging Solutions, Inc.

Al Johnson Consultant/Owner Al Johnson Consulting

Matt Kelly President Sacramento-Sierra's Building and Trades Council

Jason Kinney Principal California Strategies

Jon Knight Supervisor El Dorado County

Pat Fong Kushida President and CEO Asian Chamber

Jefrey Leacox Shareholder Greenberg Traurig

Martha Lofgren Interim CEO Metro Chamber

Gary Maisel President and CEO Western Health Advantage

Leslie McBride Council Member Yuba City

John McCasey Executive Director Sacramento Sports Commission

Robert McGarvey Mayor City of Rancho Cordova

Andy Morin Mayor City of Folsom

Richard Pan Assemblymember California State Assembly

Art Pimintel Mayor City of Woodland

Bridget Powers Council Member City of Auburn

Danny Rascher President Sports Economics LLC

Eric Rasmussen Managing Partner & Corporate President Rasmusson Public Affairs

Jack Reynen President Artisan Communities, Inc

Susan Rohan Council Member City of Roseville

Don Saylor Supervisor Yolo County

Warren Smith President Clean World Partners LLC

Kirk Uhler Supervisor Placer County

Dave Weiglein Founder "Here We Build" grassroots effort

Josh Wood Vice President Region Builders

Jimmie Yee Supervisor Sacramento County

Scot Yuill Council Member City of Rocklin

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