Group Aims to STOP Downtown Arena Plans

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If you thought the fight to build an arena in downtown Sacramento was going to get easier once Sacramento kept the Kings, think again.

Video shot by Cory Vincent, posted YouTube and sent to FOX40 shows the group “S.T.O.P.,” also known as the Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork is trying to gather enough signatures to force a citywide vote on the arena.

Though, the information used to gather signatures isn’t necessarily truthful.

In the video, a signature gatherer can be overheard saying, “They’re trying to charge us to build a new arena in Sacramento. They’re gonna increase taxes? Yeah, they’re gonna increase taxes.”


It’s a joint effort of Crown Downtown and the Sacramento Region Builders to stop the misinformation.

“Going from place to place where see them gathering petitions and hand out flyers with the truth about the arena,” Joshua Wood told FOX40.

S.T.O.P. needs to gather 33,000 valid signatures from city voters and seem to be using scare and bait and switch to do so, even at the big Kings rally downtown in May.

“When everyone was celebrating the arena, basically gathering signatures saying, ‘Here help build the arena,’” Wood said.

So far S.T.O.P. has about half those signatures and has until December to get them all.

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1 Comment

  • cityfella

    That signature gatherer didn't have its facts correct… I'm sure that;s gonna be true on either side from time to time. Sacramento is planning to use parking and ticket surcharges to pay for the arena. If that plan fails, then the money would come from the general fund.

    The parking model hasn't worked in most cities. The New York Yankees, which has the second highest attendance of all of baseball defaulted on their parking garage. Leaving the citizens to pic up the tab.

    The citizens of Oklahoma City, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and others have voted on their arenas, which leaves the question why not Sacramento?