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April 5, 2012
Records request another sign of strained Kings/city relationship

The Public Records Act request filed by attorneys for the Sacramento Kings is as big as they come. And that isn't a good thing when it comes to the brittle relationship between the team and city officials.

Attorneys made a whopping 53 requests last month. A full copy of the request can be found here: KingsPRA4-5.pdf

Among other things, the team wants emails, letters, notes, phone conversation transcripts, contracts and memos. They want those communications related to talks between the city and several other parties, including the NBA, arena operator AEG, the owner of the downtown railyard, Goldman Sachs, the city's sports and parking consultants, and the arena development team.

So what does the PRA say about the relationship between the Kings and City Hall?

It indicates the Maloof family has questions about the lines of communication in this arena process.

But it also shows the relationship between the city and the Kings is hurting.

"It seems that whenever you combine an attorney and the Public Records Act, that's not a prescription for a very good partnership in the short of long term," said political consultant Doug Elmets.

Elmets knows a thing or two about how the city and the Maloof family have gotten along in the past: he ran the failed 2006 Measure Q and R campaigns to raise the sales tax to fund a new arena.

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Ryan Lillis has covered the city of Sacramento, its 108 neighborhoods and its politicians since 2008. Prior to that, he covered crime at The Bee. A native of upstate New York, Lillis has a journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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