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April 03, 2012

Sacramento petition drive advances as council readies another Kings arena vote

There will be no Santa Clara roadblock for the Sacramento Kings arena referendum drive: The Sacramento city attorney has approved the ballot language proposed by Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork. If the group can collect 30,000 signatures by the end of May, city voters will vote in November on whether to require a vote before approving "financial support" for a Kings arena. Assuming the money isn't already spent by then.

The Sacramento city council, meanwhile, is meeting for yet another arena vote tonight, to approve the $200,000 in arena prep work that NBA commissioner David Stern has agreed to pay for. That'll last for two weeks, at which point the Kings owners would be expected to kick in another $3 million — something they now say they won't do, despite the term sheet agreed to at the end of February. (Kings co-owner George Maloof claims he and his brothers never signed the term sheet, or never signed the bit about the $3 million, or something.)

The Sacramento Bee reports that "insiders at City Hall still think tonight's vote will pass, but not without some pointed comments aimed at the Maloofs." Ooh, that's gonna sting. But $3 million can buy a lot of salve.

COMMENTS

Technically it's an initiative, not a referendum.

Posted by John on April 3, 2012 11:22 AM

Any bets on what t-shirts the pro-arena people that will be bussed into the city council tonight will say? Last time it was #5votes. This week it will be #ThxDavidStern.

I'm also seeing some distrust of Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork on the Internets. Why can't the opposition just break bread and figure things out?

Posted by jjo916 on April 3, 2012 01:04 PM

Speaking of Santa Clara Neil, groundbreaking was announced yesterday as being held on April 19th at 5pm for the new Niners stadium with actual construction commencing shortly there after. Looks like it's really happening in Santa Clara. Though on the plus side there was an article last week that highlighted the new stadium cost as being 1.2 billion, but the public contribution has fallen yet again which can only be good for Santa Clara.

Posted by Dan on April 3, 2012 01:53 PM

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