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.
A lawsuit against the City of Sacramento and the Sacramento Kings has gone to trial.
UPDATE: The Sacramento Kings announced Tuesday morning that their new arena will be named Golden 1 Center after the credit union that is headquartered in Sacramento.
Crews are about one quarter into construction of Sacramento's new downtown arena and are already about halfway done with some key components of the project.
The newly opened Warehouse Artist Lofts complex in Downtown Sacramento is already triggering economic activity along the R Street Corridor.
Mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Urijah Faber is not only one of Sacramento's biggest celebrities, he's also an active entrepreneur.