Mayor Johnson Hopes To Present Deal To NBA Soon

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DEFEND YOUR RIDE: Kevin at Scenic Drive
dyr sacramento11 Mayor Johnson Hopes To Present Deal To NBA Soon “It's maybe not my dream car, but it's pretty close.”
The Ride
The Driver: Kevin Gilfillan
Car in Question: 2008 Toyota 4-Runner, Urban Runner Edition
Spotted at: Scenic Drive, Rocklin, CA 95765
Odometer: 50,000


Q: Can you tell me about your car? A: It’s a 2008 4-Runner, Urban Runner edition.
Q: What’s the Urban Runner distinction? A: It’s basically the most elite package of 4-Runner that you can buy.
Q: When did you buy it? A: November 1, 2011.
Q: Where’d you buy it? A: I bought this from a truly phenomenal dealership and an unbelievable salesperson, named Brandon Gallawa at Auburn Toyota.
Q: So one could say this was a positive experience? A: It was life changing, you could say. I woke up in the morning of November 1st and the first person I spoke to was Brandon Gallawa and we spent mid to late morning together. All I can say is that he sold me on it. I walked up and my car was sitting right in front on the dealership floor.
Q: Did you know you wanted that car? A: When I walked up to the dealership, Brandon met me. I knew I was looking for something with more weather protection than my old Tacoma had. A 4-Runner was ideal, but I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to financially work that out. Brandon made it happen!
Q: So why does a single guy like yourself need such a big vehicle? A: A couple of reasons. I had a two-seater pickup for ten years and it just got to be really annoying. You know, you’ve got buddies…
Q: Or ladies? A: Yeah, people that you’re trying to have a good time with, trying to go to the movies or whatever. But the biggest usage for me is going up to Tahoe to go snowboarding. It’s four-wheel drive, it offers the protection from the weather, and then for me and my buddies to pile in together and have a weekend of fun.
Q: What’s your car’s main use? A: Another one of the big reasons for the space is for my job – I produce fireworks displays all over the place. Often times I have to drive, I have a lot of tools, stuff like that. So putting all my gear in the truck, driving wherever it might be in the state of California, Oregon, Washington, wherever I’m going – it offers me that added space. So it’s mostly to and from work – work is not just in Sacramento where my office is, but it’s all over the place – wherever the fireworks show may be.
Q: Is it comfortable? A: It’s very comfortable. And it also has the hands free Bluetooth technology, so that makes it so much easier – I can conduct business calls and conference calls while I’m driving to and from work. I live in Roseville and work in Sacramento so I have a commute.
Q: What do you listen to in your car? A: I listen to all types of music, but recently I’ve been really getting into country music. It’s kind of relaxing. Classic rock and alternative rock are really what I listen to.
Q: So when you’re listening to music is it on really loud? Do you dance? Do you sing or rock out? A: I should also mention - I listen to a lot of talk radio like ESPN radio, mostly sports, or news – whatever’s on. But if I am listening to music, and it depends on what time of day – like the way home from work after a tough day – you’ll definitely catch me singing some tunes, that’s for sure. Doing the drums and singing.
Q: Air guitar? A: Air guitar is kind of dangerous because you have to take your hands off the wheel, but yes – I rock out in my car, absolutely.
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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Mayor Kevin Johnson revealed new developments Tuesday on the city’s effort to keep the Kings in Sacramento but he still hasn’t said whose money will back the deal.

Just as it is quiet here at Sleep Train Arena, it has been as equally quiet on the whale watching front. But Johnson says that does not mean the big investor is not going to breach soon.

“This is not a negative by any means. This is a complex deal,” he said.

That is because the mayor says a major investor is not only making a bid to buy the Kings but will also be paying millions to help build a new arena. And despite the bill likely to soar well over $400 million, Johnson says new investors keep knocking on the door

“There is probably not a day that goes by that I don’t hear from somebody that has the wherewithal to be a major and significant equity investor,” he said.

But while the line may be growing, time is ticking. The mayor will need to have his plan to save the Kings in by March 1.

“Our objective is to submit a fair and competitive offer as soon as possible to be in the position to explain to the NBA why Sacramento should remain an NBA city,” he said.

To help prove that case, fans are also stepping up. The Here We Stay campaign, known now as Here We Buy, is pushing fans to scoop up tickets to help sell out Sleep Train Arena on Saturday night for the Kings’ game against the Utah Jazz.

“Really what we want to do us say, ‘hey you (NBA) can’t afford to lose this market,” Kevin Fippin said.

But it’s more than just buying tickets for yourself…

“One of the ways we though we could do that would be to allow people to donate money to buy tickets for local kids and their families who wouldn’t get to go otherwise,” he said.

So far, some $3,400 has been raised – enough to pay for more than 200 tickets. A Kings spokesman says they still have several thousand tickets remaining for Saturday’s game.

Watch Mayor Johnson’s complete press conference

The mayor also says he plans to lobby NBA owners about the Kings staying in Sacramento during the NBA All-Star Game in Houston.

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