Rally to fight $440 million giveaway to MLB
Tuesday October 5, 9:30 a.m.
RALLY AND CALL-IN TO FIGHT $440 MILLION GIVEAWAY FOR A BASEBALL STADIUM
TELL DC LEADERS: NO PUBLIC FINANCING FOR A STADIUM. BASEBALL OWNERS SHOULD PAY FOR A STADIUM, SO TAXES CAN BE USED TO MEET THE CRITICAL NEEDS OF RESIDENTS
1) THE RALLY: Join us on the steps of the Wilson Building at 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday October 5 to show your opposition to spending public funds for a $440 million baseball stadium. Community groups and several existing and newly elected council members will rally resident support to win fight against the mayor's plan. The rally will start at 9:30. Bring as many people as you can and spread the word widely. Bring a sign if you can.
2) CALL-IN AND EMAIL TO COUNCIL MEMBERS
Why the Mayor's plan is outrageous.
* The Mayor's stadium plan puts a baseball stadium ahead of other more important needs. Taxes raised for a baseball stadium could be used to re-build schools, keep Metro costs down, support our libraries, preserve affordable housing, and revitalize neighborhoods.
* The Mayor's stadium plan is a sweetheart deal that benefits wealthy Major League Baseball Owners: According to the Washington Post, the Mayor's offer to have the city build the stadium, charge only a nominal lease to the new team, and give away 100% of the revenue from naming rights "was one of the most generous deals some baseball officials had seen." If DC pays for the stadium with public funds, the new team owners can pay top dollar for the Expos to MLB instead of financing the stadium themselves. Major League Baseball paid $120 million for the Expos just two ago, and now they want to sell it to the new DC owners for $300 million!
* The Mayor's Plan Won't Meet the City's Real Economic Development Needs: Economic studies on the impact of stadiums consistently find that they do not create jobs or boost incomes, and they do not encourage development in surrounding neighborhoods. A DC Stadium would be unused 3 of every 4 days and mostly would create part-time, low-wage jobs without benefits.
INFORMATION FOR CALLING-IN OR EMAILING
You can send an email to all DC Council members by highlighting the addresses below. The phone numbers for the Council are listed below, too.
Sample email message:
I urge you to reject the plan to build a new baseball stadium with $440 million in DC taxes. The stadium is not the kind of economic development DC needs -- it will not bring good jobs to DC residents. And it will use tax resources that could be used to address the city’s real needs, such as re-building schools, revitalizing our neighborhoods , keeping Metro costs down, and creating affordable housing.
Residents won’t benefit, but Major League Baseball and the new owners will. According to experts, DC’s offer is a “sweetheart deal” for Major League Baseball. If we pay for the stadium, the new team owners can pay their top dollar for the Expos to MLB instead of financing the stadium themselves. Major League Baseball paid $120 million for the Expos just a few years ago, and now they want to sell it to the new DC owners for $300 million! The new owners should pay for the stadium, since they are the ones who will profit.
$440 million in DC tax dollars could be much better used to improve services in my neighborhood and in the neighborhoods of other DC residents.
Priorities for phone calls
Jim Graham: 724-8181
Phil Mendelson: 724-8064
Carol Schwartz: 724-8105
Sandy Allen: 724-8045
Kevin Chavous: 724-8068
Sharon Ambrose: 724-8072
Other Phone Numbers
Linda Cropp: 724-8032
David Catania (opposes mayor's plan): 724-7772
Harold Brazil: 724-8174
Jack Evans: 724-8058
Kathy Patterson (opposes mayor's plan): 724-8062
Adrian Fenty (opposes mayor's plan): 724-8052
Vincent Orange: 724 8028
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