By MARCOS BRETON : sacbee – excerpt
We have reached the extortion phase of our program.
Principled, albeit misguided, opposition to the downtown arena has been replaced by people with outstretched hands in search of cash – lots of it.
They want millions of dollars and are going about it in a time-tested way in our state – by using the California Environmental Quality Act as cover for a shakedown.
Affordable housing advocates filed a CEQA suit against the downtown arena on Thursday. They want $40 million for affordable housing from the Kings.
How, you might ask, can they be suing on environmental grounds if what they want is money?
They aren’t even trying to hide the mockery they are making out of CEQA to pursue what they want.
They call themselves the Sacramento Coalition for Shared Prosperity, an apt title considering how they want the Kings to share some “prosperity” with them.
It would actually be funny if Sacramento weren’t being barraged by CEQA lawsuits that purport to be about the environment but are actually about harming projects… (more)