In a rush this morning, but did want to get this in: Arena opponents in Sacramento have filed a lawsuit to challenge the city clerk’s rejection of petitions to force a public vote on the Kings arena deal. That was expected. What was not expected: the surfacing of a memo from a city attorney saying he wasn’t sure the city would prevail in such a case.
In a confidential Jan. 10 memo to top city officials, obtained by The Bee, assistant City Attorney Matthew Ruyak wrote, “We cannot conclude with the requisite level of confidence that a court would more likely uphold an action to disqualify the initiative or its signatures.”
“(G)iven the fundamental right of the electorate to assert their voice through initiative … we cannot definitively conclude that there is a greater than 50 percent chance of prevailing in court should the City Council refuse to place the measure on the ballot,” Ruyak wrote.
All that really tells us is that you can’t predict judges, which we already knew. Still, it’s a reminder that this battle is far from over. Did you really think it ever would be?