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Skelton: Sacramento mayor plots comeback win

April 01, 2013|By Los Angeles Times Staff
  • Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson counts the votes in favor of a new arena during a City Council meeting at City Hall on March 26.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson counts the votes in favor of a new arena during… (Paul Kitagaki Jr. / Sacramento…)

When Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson began pushing to prevent the Kings from moving to Seattle, he promised to line up big-time investors to finance his effort.

Now he has what he calls a "dream team" of deep pockets, including Silicon Valley software tycoon Vivek Ranadive and Beverly Hills investor Ron Burkle.

Keeping the Kings in Sacramento is still far from a sure thing, but George Skelton says in his Monday column that Johnson has proven to be a capable politician and deal maker.

He says Johnson, a former NBA all-star, "is indisputably the right mayor at the right time."

"It’s impossible to imagine any other mayor anywhere — let alone from Sacramento — who would have such entree into the National Basketball Assn. as the city struggles to keep Seattle from pilfering its beloved Kings," Skelton writes.

All of Skelton's columns are here.


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