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Diverse coalition demands more answers over Cobb Braves stadium

9:03 PM, Dec 13, 2013   |    comments
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MARIETTA, GA - "A prime example of crony capitalism and back door dealing," is how Cobb County liberal activist Rich Pellegrino describes last month's quickly minted deal for a new Atlanta Braves stadium.

Friday he and just under a dozen others in a politically diverse group called "Citizens for Governmental Transparency" hand delivered a letter to Cobb County Commission offices.

Liberals, conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, they don't necessarily oppose Cobb's stadium deal with the Braves.

But they think it was done too hastily with too little information for taxpayers.

Their 6 page letter asks for answers to several questions such as what guarantee county leaders can give that the stadium project will provide a steady revenue stream, why Georgia DOT was not involved in planning transportation needs and why the Atlanta Regional Commission wasn't even consulted.

"They have not vetted this; they've not come to the community and the community is coming to the board of commissioners," said Ben Williams of the Cobb County SCLC.

The group only got as far as the receptionist at commission offices, but county spokesman Robert Quigley promised the letter would be delivered to Cobb's five commissioners.

"At this point all I can do it take a look at the questions and respond back to those," Quigley said.

Meanwhile, coalition members said if they don't get answers within two weeks, they would consider other possible action.

"They're not our dictators; they can be recalled; they can be voted out," said Republican member Michael Ortiz.

While the group agrees in principle on delaying the stadium deal, they do not agree with a move by some Tea Party members to file a lawsuit to slow it down.

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