Democratic state Sens. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-36) and David Frockt (D-46), along with state Rep. Eric Pettigrew (D-37) sent a letter (page 1page 2) to the Seattle City Council (and cc'd to arena supporters Mayor Mike McGinn and King County Executive Dow Constantine) Monday urging the council to support the SoDo arena proposal.

Kohl-Welles' district includes KeyArena, which would be re-purposed under San Francisco hedge-fund manager Chris Hansen's proposal, and Pettigrew's district includes the potential arena site.

In their letter, the legislators write,
We believe this is a fair and balanced proposal, one deserving of your support.

Letting this proposal pass would be a missed opportunity that would leave us wondering for years what could have come from a project promising thousands of family wage jobs, expanded economic activity, and restored pride with the return of our world Champion Supersonics.

We encourage you to support moving this project forward. We recognize that there are issues that need to be addressed with regard to the repurposing of KeyArena and transportation issues. We hope to be an active participant in these next steps.

Kohl-Welles and her 36th District colleague in the state house, Reuven Carlyle, offered their thoughts on the arena proposal---and the debate over the arena between the two candidates for the 36th's open state house seat, Noel Frame and Gael Tarleton---earlier today.