Tuesday, February 5, 2008
The chairman of One Hill went before the Sports and Exhibition Authority board yesterday to call on its members to vote no one any agenda item related to the construction of a new arena for the Penguins. Carl Redwood says the team has not been a willing participant in the negotiations for a community benefits agreement or CBA. One Hill has been trying to reach a deal with the team and elected officials to guarantee jobs and other benefits for Hill District residents. Redwood says if the SEA gives all of the needed approvals before a deal is reached there will be no incentive for the Penguins to ever come to the table. He says he feels like his organization is being strung along. County Executive Dan Onorato says that is not the case. He says he and other officials are negotiating in good faith and he expects to reach a deal soon. However, he says, the residents of the hill are not the only people he represents.