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.
Six months after receiving the approval to begin construction of a downtown arena, the Sacramento Kings and the City of Sacramento have broken ground.
The first demolition work is underway at the site of the Sacramento Kings' future home.
The Downtown Plaza garage entrances at 6th and J and 6th and L are now closed as construction begins on the downtown arena.
People with affiliations to the group Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork have filed notice they will appeal a judge's decision denying a request for an injunction blocking the downtown arena project.
Parts of Downtown Plaza will be demolished Friday to make way for the Sacramento Kings arena project.
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