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 Golden 1 Center is one of the greenest arenas in the country. This week, the Sacramento Kings have a chance to showcase the environmental features to sports executives from around the nation.
The Sacramento City Council is expected to agree at Tuesday's meeting to one of the perks that comes from the contribution of $223 million for a new arena -free tickets and a suite.
The $557 million Golden 1 Center opens next week. Capital Public Radio got a sneak peek inside Tuesday during a tour sponsored by the Sacramento Kings.
The head chef for the soon-to-open Golden 1 Center holds a tasting to highlight the kitchen's local sourcing and measures to combat food waste
The new arena in downtown Sacramento is about four months from opening, and there is still much planning to be done if several Sacramento city departments are to be ready.