Sonics Trial Blog
Seattle Times reporters Percy Allen, Jim Brunner and Danny O'Neil are filing updates from the courthouse throughout the day.
June 16, 2008 2:05 PM
Posted by Percy Allen
The afternoon session began at 1:31 p.m with Sonics attorney Brad Keller questioning Mayor Greg Nickels.
Keller started with a line of questioning about the city of Seattle's effort to lobby Gov. Christine Gregoire and state lawmakers to authorize $75 million toward a KeyArena renovation plan. The lobbying effort in March 2008 failed, the fourth time state lawmakers refused to use taxpayer money for KeyArena.
Keller said more than 70 percent of those who voted for Initiative 91 supported the bill that restricts the use of public funds to subsidize arenas or stadiums for professional franchises.
Nickels said the city has studied alternatives for KeyArena. A subcommittee determined a $20 million facelift would make the building profitable for the city.
Nickels said the city has begun negotiating with Seattle University to play its men's basketball games at KeyArena. He gave the school a symbolic key to KeyArena.
Keller concluded questioning at 1:52. He spent 1:55 minutes cross-examining Nickels. Each side gets 15 hours to question witnesses.
Jeffrey Johnson, one of the city's attorneys, is questioning Nickels again on redirect.
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