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Glendale council candidates want Coyotes lease deal delayed

Jul 2, 2012, 3:52 PM EDT

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As if this story needed another wrinkle, now there’s this bit of news from the Arizona Republic:

Seven candidates vying for seats on the Glendale City Council oppose the current council’s approval of a Phoenix Coyotes deal and made those views clear on Monday.

The candidates, including mayoral contenders Walt Opaska and Jerry Weiers, signed a letter that requested interim City Manager Horatio Skeete delay signing the lease agreement with Coyotes suitor Greg Jamison.

The letter comes amid two potential ballot measures that could cripple the city’s 20-year, $324 million agreement, which the current council approved last month.

One group is gathering signatures to refer the Coyotes deal to the November ballot. Another hopes to reverse the 2.9 percent city sales tax increase and require a citizen vote on any future tax hikes.

Anyway, we’re not going to dedicate too much time to the Coyotes on a big news day like today. We’re not even sure if it’s a big deal. Phoenix Business Journal is also reporting on the story, if you’re bored waiting for Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to make up their minds.

  1. comeonnowguys - Jul 2, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    And apparently they want Doan to leave, too.

  2. claysbar - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Between the Council, candidates, Goldwater Inst., the people who decided to put the arena where it’s at, it’s like a bunch of monkeys trying to @#$% a doorknob. Just move the team already.

  3. blomfeld - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Anyone who still thinks that Phoenix isn’t a “thriving” hockey market is a complete idiot !

    • wisbadgers - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:50 PM

      FYI, the King is dead.

  4. thenewraoulduke - Jul 2, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    This shows that the petition they are trying to circulate is going to fail. They lied to people and said the signature was to help libraries and they still couldn’t get enough signatures. In one week this will all be over

  5. buffalomafia - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    Either move to Quebec,Seattle or KC?

    Quit beating a dead horse!

    If they move how would that affect the schedule?

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