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May 18, 10:02 AM click here to comment > 1

The Reader – About the arena

From the Office of Mayor Mike McGinn
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FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

Arena agreements reached with County Executive and Chris Hansen
King County Executive Dow Constantine and Mayor McGinn transmitted agreements between the City, County and ArenaCo to the County and City Councils Wednesday. These agreements govern the financing of a proposed new state-of-the-art, multi-purpose arena in the Stadium District of Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood.

The agreements include important taxpayer protections, including no new taxes and security guarantees for the self-financed arena. The arena will be funded by money that only exists because of the project.

We invite you to review the agreements yourself at

Firing up fiber broadband in Seattle
Here in Seattle, we are committed to building better digital infrastructure. We’re going to start by exploring what our partners can do to help. The City of Seattle has more than 500 miles of fiber that we’ve already paid for, and much of it is lying there, unused. It’s time to fire it up to help our local businesses and creative people innovate.

We transmitted to the City Council a new ordinance that would allow partners to lease that excess fiber. We will negotiate with companies for better service to nearby neighborhoods who have poor quality service right now. Because that fiber is already there, partners could avoid some of the cost of digging up the street or hanging new cable on poles, making it easier for businesses to invest in digital infrastructure. If the private sector cannot get this done, then the City will have to look at doing it ourselves.

Rainier Beach High School’s “Tour of Champions” Assembly
On Tuesday, Mayor McGinn visited Rainier Beach High School to take part in an assembly celebrating the school’s new educational programs and its championship-winning basketball team. Joined by local dignitaries and Rainier Beach alumni, the mayor talked to students about the importance of courses like their new computer science and culinary arts programs.

You can watch the visit here.

Ask the Mayor live on Seattle Channel, Wednesday, May 23, 7 p.m.
What’s your question for the mayor? Mayor McGinn joins host Brian Callanan for Ask the Mayor on Seattle Channel, Cable 21. Here are the ways you can get in on the conversation:
• Call 206-684-8821 during the live show from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23.
• Email:
• Submit a question online:
• Twitter: @SeattleChannel
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Upcoming Events (for more see

May 19: 11:00 a.m. – Fire Station 13 Open House and Dedication (3601 Beacon Ave S)

May 19: 12:30 p.m. – Latino Community Forum, Beacon Hill International School (2025 14th Ave S)

May 20: 11:00 a.m. – Alki Summer Streets, West Seattle (Alki Ave SW)

May 21: 6:30 p.m. – City Light Public Meeting, Garfield Community Center (2323 E Cherry St)

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Comment from Sonny Kwan
Time May 18, 2012 at 10:11 am

Seattle Native Chris Hansen and Seattle Mayor McGinn are doing some positive things to bring the NBA/NHL and jobs, money, and continued growth into the city of Seattle!