It’s public relations warfare.
On one side is DowntownArena.org, trying to get the Sacramento Kings a new home. But an organization known as S.T.O.P. is trying to put on the breaks and force a city vote on construction.
And just when you thought things couldn’t get any more intense, the man who tried to steal the Kings in the first place joins the battle.
“If Chris Hansen were walking down the street today and he offered me a check for $20,000, I would say ‘thank you Chris Hansen,’” said S.T.O.P.’s Julian Camacho.
So it’s full steam ahead for S.T.O.P.
Even though they never did get any money from Hansen, the Seattle billionaire behind an unsuccessful attempt to court Sacramento’s Kings, Hansen was funding a shadowy group of other petition takers trying to scuttle the plan for a new Sacramento Arena.
S.T.O.P. has been taking a public relations drubbing because of it.
A coalition of groups trying to keep Sacramento Kings 2.0 on track sees an opening, and is seizing the opportunity.
They are going door-to-door, looking for people who signed any petition calling for a public vote on the arena plan before it can move forward, and asking them to take it back.
“It is a ridiculous claim you’re separate, when you’re taking their signatures that they paid-for and using it as an in-kind gift to your campaign,” said Joshua Wood of DowntownArena.org.
Wood and his crew are telling people about the thousands of jobs that would be created by a new arena project.
S.T.O.P., is talking about nearly a quarter billion dollars the City is putting up to fund that project without a general election vote.
But the question is, what about those petitions bought-and-paid for by Seattle Billionaire meddler.
“We do believe that those signature sheets will be bundled-up and put in our hands. And when that happens we’ll be sure to put them in a very safe place,” Camacho said.