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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.