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 finished the 2013-14 season with exactly the same record as 2012-2013. But, the team and its fans say it sure feels different.
The City of Sacramento could get as much as a million dollars as the local share of construction-related sales taxes collected for a new arena downtown.
As the demolition date for the portion of the Downtown Plaza where the arena will be built looms, business owners prepare to move or close.
Sacramento's Planning and Design commission have approved plans for the King's downtown arena.
A judge has given Sacramento possession of a former Macy's department store downtown, the last parcel of land needed for the development of a new sports arena.