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 City Council has approved $614,250 for two art projects at the new downtown Golden 1 Center. A Sacramento and San Francisco artist each were selected.
The Sacramento City Treasurer says a lawsuit filed against the city and the Sacramento Kings' arena project caused a delay in the bond-buying process.
The Century Downtown Plaza 7 theater complex that closed this week for remodeling will reopen in the fall with a new name - Century DoCo 9 Theaters. Sacramento Business Journal Editor Jack Robinson tells us about that story and more business news.
An A+ and A rating allowed the City of Sacramento to offer more than $270 million in bonds to help pay for the city's share of the new Golden 1 Center arena downtown.
While the outside of the new downtown arena takes shape, preliminary foundation work has begun for the new hotel next to the arena.