Judge Timothy Frawley told attorneys the intent of the people committing the violations is not important in the case.
City Attorney James Sanchez stopped short of celebrating the judge's tentative rulings.
"We feel very confident that the judge will consider all of the things we have raised and we're looking forward to his decision."
STOP attorney Bradley Hertz essentially waved the white flag in court asking for a final ruling as soon as possible.
"If the ruling is as the judge hinted, and we believe there are grounds for appeal it would be an emergency writ to the Third District Court of Appeal and they've been known to act quickly in the past when there's a pre-election deadline."
STOP has until February 27th to get a measure before the City Council and on the June ballot.
The judge says he will issue a final ruling next week.
The Sacramento Kings say the "Farm To Fork" movement will be a big part of the meals served at the new arena downtown.
The City of Sacramento wants to build 137 apartments just down the street from the new arena site.
The lanes have shifted on two heavily-used streets in Downtown Sacramento because of the arena project.
Can you judge a city's economy by how much sewage it generates? The City of Sacramento says requests by new businesses for a special sewer line connection credit have already tripled this year compared to all of last year.
People with affiliations to the group Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork have filed notice they will appeal a judge's decision denying a request for an injunction blocking the downtown arena project.