Anaheim city officials continue to stonewall reporters inquiring as to the nature of a vague item up for discussion at Tuesday's city council meeting that could allow the city to issue bonds to fund upgrades for the Honda Center needed to pave the way for a southerly relocation of the Sacramento Kings. Eric Carpenter of the Orange County Register reports that city officials refuse to acknowledge that the matter, which apparently won't be voted on until April 12, is even related to a potential Kings relocation.
Meanwhile, confused Anaheim residents wonder why the city would consider issuing bonds on behalf of billionaire Anaheim Ducks owner Henry Samueli given the city's annual $10 million budget deficit.
All told, the Kings' relocation could run into public roadblocks in Anaheim, just as the franchise's attempts to have an arena built in Sacramento ran into trouble every time a municipal body got involved. Much of that was due to some rather stubborn positioning by the owning Maloof family and the NBA, but it illustrates what hurdles public money presents.
The NBA's franchise owners are scheduled to discuss the Maloof family's options on April 14. The Maloofs must apply for relocation by April 18.