Today, as expected, the Seattle City Council and King County Council approved a revised agreement with investor Chris Hansen to build an NBA arena in Seattle. While longshoremen may not appreciate the vote, many in Seattle and throughout the Northwest are celebrating the actions.
And, of course, as is customary, elected officials who had a hand in the deal are starting to release statements about how awesome it all is.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn released this statement:
"I thank the City and County Councils for their hard work and their approval of the arena Memorandum of Understanding. This is another important step toward bringing the Sonics back to Seattle."
Meanwhile, not to be outdone, King County Executive Dow Constantine sent out this statement:
"I congratulate all the elected officials whose thoughtful, deliberative work led to approval of the arena legislation. This shows that we can have meaningful, productive review without becoming mired in the old "Seattle Process". Today we took a huge step toward that day when we will all cheer the tipoff of a new Sonics season.
I look forward to signing the legislation."
According to a press release distributed by the mayor's office, McGinn, Constantine, Chris Hansen, and various council members and state elected officials will participate in a bill signing ceremony Tuesday afternoon at the Seattle Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club.