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Battle to Build a Downtown Arena Continues

SACRAMENTO–

Even at this late stage of the ‘we’re gonna keep the kings and build a new arena game,’ there always seems to be a countdown to controversy.

“He just said they’re taking so much money from the kids’ school,” said Rob Vavuris via a clip on Crown Downtown’s YouTube page, as he described being approached to sign a petition against the a new arena.

There have been claims of lies being spread by Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork (STOP) as that group tries to stop ongoing arena plans.

The latest Kings kerfuffle?

Concern that the last owners of Sacramento’s NBA team are funding STOP’s effort to stop the new owners’ plans.

The Fair Political Practices Commission is investigating a complaint about a $25,000 payment from firm Loeb and Loeb to STOP.

A professor and former dean at the UC Davis School of Law, Rex Perschbacher is an expert in legal ethics.

When it comes to the wrong some believe Loeb and Loeb has done, he says lawyers could let appearances weigh on their client list but it wouldn’t be wise.

“But lawyers would have a lot less work because it might look bad in some eyes to some people and we can’t have that,” said Perschbacher.

And he doesn’t think the firm has stepped out of bounds.

“Unless you use confidential info from the Maloofs for this purpose … I don’ know that there’s a conflict of interest in the true lawyerly sense,” said Perschbacher.

Many Kings fans are looking forward to Tuesday’s city council meeting and possible council action on eminent domain to help the Kings owners secure part of the planned arena site.

The Macy’s men’s store in Downtown Plaza has been the sticking point.

FOX40 has learned that eminent domain will not be decided on Tuesday.

Instead, there should be agreement on a deal providing for any cost overruns for securing the site, to be the ultimate responsibility of the Kings.