Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley has put off until this week a final ruling on the petition campaign to force a public vote on the Kings arena project, but it doesn’t sound like he’s likely to rule in favor of the petitioners:
“These petitions are defective in a multitude of ways,” Frawley told a packed courtroom during a hearing that lasted about 90 minutes. While it could be argued that each individual error wasn’t enough to scrap the petitions, he said, “collectively there are so many errors” that they added up to a “fatal flaw.”
Frawley says he’ll allow the petitioners to submit new arguments on Tuesday, but if you see handwriting on the wall, you’re not alone. At least we may finally get an answer to the question of which side in this dispute is more farcically inept.
Meanwhile, with a respite of a couple of days, the Sacramento Bee’s Marcos Breton has penned a column arguing that voting on things is undemocratic, because journalists can play at this game, too.