I’m wondering just how much I should read into this:
When the Seattle City Council this week blocked a developer’s effort to build a new sports arena and bring professional basketball back to the city, the disappointment among the city’s basketball fans was no surprise.
Many were still pining over the loss of the SuperSonics franchise to Oklahoma City in 2008.
But nobody seemed prepared for the vitriol unleased against the female gender.
The plan was shot down in a 5-4 vote — or more specifically, five women to four men.
I mean, I don’t think this was girls vs. boys, necessarily:
The proposal for a $550-million arena — with $200 million coming from taxpayers — was San Francisco developer Chris Hansen’s attempt to bring a National Basketball Assn. franchise back to Seattle and attract a National Hockey League team.
Disappointed fans couldn’t fathom the council’s refusal to accept a $20-million offer from Hansen to vacate part of a street needed for his arena site near the Seahawks’ and Mariners’ stadiums downtown.
“I think someone should smash Kshama Sawant’s head into a brick wall,” one Twitter user wrote, referring to one of the women who voted no.
“So this is why Ann Coulter has said that women shouldn’t be allowed to vote,” said another online commentor.
Contrary to popular belief, Sawant is the only full-blown socialist on the council.
“Perhaps I risked the promise of new, future jobs,” Councilwoman Lisa Herbold said Thursday, “but my vote was decided in favor of protecting industrial and maritime jobs that we have now so that we can maintain the diversified economy that has kept our region strong in good economic times as well as the downturns.”
And maybe some distaste for Hansen’s ways:
Weeks after his aggressive bid to buy and relocate the Sacramento Kings to Seattle failed, hedge fund manager Chris Hansen bankrolled an effort to undercut a deal the team’s new owners made to build an arena in Sacramento.
Hansen, who donated $100,000 on June 21 to a political action committee attempting to halt the $448 million deal to build the Kings a new downtown arena, says he “made a mistake” by giving a Los Angeles law firm $100,000.
The firm of Loeb & Loeb secretly funneled $80,000 to a group gathering signatures to force a public vote on the arena plan, which includes funding of at least $258 million in public money.
Leaving ten grand for each Loeb, I guess.