Sacramento Mayor, Stern hold ‘productive’ meeting

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson is calling his meeting with NBA

Commissioner David Stern and other executives a ”productive

conversation” about the city’s efforts to help finance a new


The meeting in New York on Friday also included AEG President

Tim Leiweke. The Los Angeles-based company has expressed interest

in operating a Sacramento-owned arena to house the Kings.

Johnson says in a statement that he ”made clear Sacramento’s

seriousness of purpose when it comes to developing a true

public-private partnership” for a new arena. Stern has said the

Kings will again explore relocation if there’s no arena plan by

March 1.

The Sacramento City Council has approved several preliminary

measures to finance a new arena. Details of the final plan – and a

vote – are not expected until at least February.