I know this has been a bad week for Executive Constantine with the media. And every week is a bad week for Mayor McGinn with the media. But does anyone think the city and the county would be getting this good of a deal on the potential NBA/NHL arena if their predecessors were still in office?
Honestly, Ron Sims is as responsible as anyone for the bad deals we got on Safeco and Seahawks Stadium* and Greg Nickles attempts to keep the Sonics were perfectly willing to overspend public money. Of course it helps to have a willing, honest partner, and nothing has actually finished yet. We’re also in a different era where the appetite for public spending in this economy is less than it was a decade ago. Still, the elected officials are deserve a lot of credit for not giving away a lot of public money and still moving forward.
* No, I’m not sure why I’m OK with calling where the M’s play by its corporate name but not where the Seahawks and Sounders play.