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Beware arena-seeking snake oil salesmen

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As March 1, 2012 approaches, the Sacramento snake oil salesmen are beating their drums louder with an ever increasing tempo. The drums are beating to convince Placer County Supervisors and other regional officials to join a “partnership” to build a stately pleasure dome that would buttress the Maloofs’ crumbling empire. March 1 is the wiggle-room-laden deadline the Maloofs have given Sacramento officials to commit Sacramento taxpayers to pay a tribute to keep the Kings from leaving Sacramento. About 20 years ago, another snake-oil salesman in the form of a Sacramento City official canvassed Placer County and other regional jurisdictions claiming — nay, demanding — that Placer County join with other taxpayers to pay for a baseball stadium in Sacramento. The Placer County Supervisors and most other regional officials declined to spend their taxpayers’ money to participate in an unequal partnership. Only a self-deluded fool would deny that many residents of Placer County and other regional jurisdictions would benefit psychologically and emotionally if the Kings remain in Sacramento and/or Sacramento acquired a facility for sports and other events. Only a self-deluded fool would believe that Placer County and other regional jurisdictions and their taxpayers would benefit financially or economically to join an unequal partnership and contribute to a sports arena in Sacramento. Contrarily, the Sacramento Kings affect Placer County and other regional jurisdictions negatively as recreational, dining, and perhaps shopping dollars are spent in Sacramento. DAN SOKOL, Roseville