Walt Opaska Calls on Mayor Scruggs, Council to Prepare for Life Without The Coyotes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 24, 2012

GLENDALE, ARIZ (January 24, 2012) – City of Glendale mayoral candidate Walt Opaska calls on Mayor Scruggs and the City Council to plan for the possibility that if the Coyotes leave Glendale. Major Scruggs and City Council must start a process to find a company to manage Jobing.com arena if the Coyotes leave Glendale.

“While Glendale should try to keep the Coyotes in Glendale in a way that does not bankrupt the City, Glendale needs to plan for all eventualities. Mayor Scruggs and the City Council are neglecting their duties to the citizens of Glendale by not planning for possibility that the Coyotes leave Glendale,” stated Walt Opaska.

In September, the City Manager told Mayor Scruggs and the City Council that it would take at least three or four months to find an arena management company. “It is inconceivable that we are less than three months from the end of the hockey season and Glendale has no plans for arena management in mid-April if the Coyotes leave. Immediately, Glendale needs to begin a public process to find potential arena managers if the Coyotes leave Glendale,” says Walt Opaska. “If the City does not have a back-up arena management company in place, and a deal is not reached by the end of the Coyotes season, Jobing.com arena will sit empty. What a waste! Glendale needs needs new leadership that will plan for the future.”

To learn more about Walt Opaska, please visit www.opaskaformayor.com. Walt Opaska is the only mayoral candidate consistently opposed to taxpayer subsidies for the Coyotes.

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