Sumitomo Wrestling

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The Sumitomo incentive measure came to the city council after only one day's notice--a notice that was posted at City Hall, but nowhere near the affected neighborhoods.

Estes says the effort Phoenix exerted in keeping the deal a secret as long as possible is evidence of both the foolishness of the city's financial offers to Sumitomo and the potential environmental dangers the factory poses.

"They knew that this area is under a lot of scrutiny," he says. "You have to ask the question: If the emergency clause is about public safety, what does that have to do with the infrastructure deal for Sumitomo?

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