The Sacramento City Council approved the term sheet for a new downtown sports and entertainment complex Tuesday night.
Council members voted 7-2 in favor of the arena project, which is an integral part in their plan to keep the Kings in town.
Mayor Kevin Johnson, Vice Mayor Angelique Ashby and council members Steve Hansen, Allen Warren, Steve Cohn and Bonnie Pannell voted yes.
Council member Jay Shenirer voted yes, calling in from a family vacation in Morocco.
Council members Kevin McCarty and Darrell Fong voted no.
“Let’s do it, Sacramento,” Johnson said as the final yes vote.
After the session adjourned in honor of midtown murder victim Josiah Humphreys, Johnson took time to address the media and be with supporters outside in the lobby.
“I’m so proud of this community. I’m so proud of the councilmembers for taking a stand and having the courage to lead from the front. We did everything that was necessary,” Johnson said. “We followed our script, a great public-private partnership that’s going to create jobs and revitalize the downtown community.”
FOX40 even scored some one-on-one time with the mayor.
“When teams leave cities, it’s because they can’t build a building, and they don’t have support,” the mayor told FOX40. “We have support and we have a building. Those are the two reasons why teams leave. It should be why we keep our team.”