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Clerk Deals Heavy Blow To Effort To Put NBA Kings' Arena Financing Plan To Public Vote
Published January 27, 2014
SEE YOU IN COURT: In Sacramento, Marcos Breton wrote a judge will "likely decide the question of whether there should be a public vote on the approval of an arena -- and the will of registered voters is a powerful force that no judge will dismiss lightly." It may not matter that the clerk "invalidated enough signatures to disqualify the anti-arena ballot measure campaign on Friday," and it also "may not matter that the anti-arena forces behind the collection of more than 22,000 signatures are -- shall we say -- less than impressive." This despite the fact that "much of the money raised to collect anti-arena signatures came from highly dubious sources" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 1/26). Also in Sacramento, Dale Kasler wrote the arena fight "remains intense," and it is possible Concolino's decision "could be challenged in court." If the arena project "proceeds, one thing is clear: Its economic success or failure will depend largely on what happens outside the building, and whether bringing the Kings downtown leads to a surge of new restaurants and other business establishments" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 1/26).