The clerk ruled petitions to put an arena-funding measure on the June ballot didn't comply with state election law.
"The city clerk rejected the petitions. Our city attorney feels very good about our case. I've got outside counsel who also feels very good about the case. Most likely, it'll end up in court and we're prepared for that. It will just be another hurdle for us."
~Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson
On Friday, City Clerk Shirley Concolino ruled the group "Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork" or "STOP" violated three election laws that affected all of the petitions.
The clerk said the violation of a fourth law would have invalidated about a quarter of the petitions. That by itself is enough to keep the measure from going to the ballot.
STOP has said it will consider filing a lawsuit to have the petitions approved.
A Sacramento County Superior Court Judge has ruled against two groups that sued the Sacramento City Clerk over her decision to keep an arena-funding measure off the June ballot.
A Sacramento Superior Court Judge has told attorneys he is inclined to rule against two groups suing the City of Sacramento. They are suing over rejected arena-funding petitions.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson delivered his State of the City address with the great majority of it focused on the proposed downtown arena.
Plans for a new Sacramento Kings arena are getting good reviews from new NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.
Groups seeking to force a public vote on a new Sacramento arena and other publicly-funded projects have sued the Sacramento City Clerk, the City, and the City Council.