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Court Battle Looms Following STOP Petition Rejection

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SACRAMENTO–

The effort to force a vote on the City of Sacramento’s plan to fund a new sports and entertainment arena will go in front of a judge.  STOP (Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork) organizer Julian Camacho confirmed for FOX40 News Sunday evening that his group will pursue a legal action to get that vote it’s been pushing for.

Citing what she called numerous legal flaws, the Sacramento City Clerk had disqualified petitions seeking that referendum.  Clerk Shirley Concolino said there were 9 different versions of the petition, and there were missing pieces of information on those petitions.

Camacho admitted that there were flaws in the petitions the were circulated, but said they were technical and minor when compared to the principle of democracy that are at stake. Camacho said he was confident a judge would see it from that perspective.

There is no word yet on when the legal challenge to the disqualification of STOP’s petitions would begin, but the City of Sacramento is on a tight timeline to get a new arena built, to satisfy an agreement with the NBA that kept the Sacramento Kings in town.

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