He was the Kings arena subsidy’s biggest critic. But he loves Sacramento’s new soccer deal

The Sacramento bee

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg’s pitch for Major League Soccer won a surprise backer on Friday.

State Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, an outspoken opponent of the city’s investment several years ago in a new Kings arena, said he has no problem with the $33 million incentive package the city expects to offer to boost a soccer investment group’s plan for a downtown stadium.

“This is a very fair proposal,” McCarty said Friday at the downtown railyard, standing beside Steinberg as the mayor announced the deal. “This is a much easier pill to swallow for the critics.”

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