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Judge Reverses Part Of Arena Suit Tentative Ruling

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Demolition work continues on the Downtown Plaza site. Crews hope to have the site cleared this fall, with construction of a new arena beginning shortly thereafter.

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

A judge has ruled the people suing the City of Sacramento over the downtown arena project may continue with their claim the city engaged in fraud.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley reversed his own tentative ruling. He had ruled the plaintiffs would not be able to continue their claim the City offered a secret subsidy to the owners of the Sacramento Kings.

The judge's sustained six other tentative rulings. The plaintiffs in the case have standing. They may pursue a claim that spending money on an arena is a waste of public funds. They may also challenge the validity of the bonds that the city plans to issue to help pay for the arena.

The court ruled the plaintiffs could not challenge the city's planned use of parking revenue to pay off bonds, because the city had not yet made any payments.

The plaintiffs have 10 days to file an amended petition.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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