Arena Opponents Promise Lawsuit, Petition Drive

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Less than 24 hours after the 7-2 vote approving the downtown Sacramento arena project, a 15-page lawsuit threatens to derail those new arena plans before crews even break ground.

In his lawsuit filed Wednesday against the City of Sacramento, attorney Kelly Smith challenges items listed in the Environmental Impact Report. Thinks like traffic, noise, and large crowds and saying their impacts will be staggering.

“I’m hoping to make the city go back and reconsider, or fix, what is in the EIR,” Smith said.

Kings fans, who thought the downtown entertainment and sports complex was a done deal, now finding the battle to build continues.

“Right now, it’s quiet down there (Downtown Plaza), but there are big changes coming,” Smith said. “Changes the city needs to consider, not ignore.”

Also Wednesday, another Sacramento attorney — Patrick Soluri — said by the end of the week he’ll be ready to launch a new signature drive with the hope still of forcing the City to put it’s arena deal up for public vote.

“We’re forming an entity,” said Soluri. “We have a lot of pledges of significant amounts of revenue from very prominent people. This is absolutely going to be a grass-roots effort.”

“I think it would be great if everybody stood down at this point,” City Manager John Shirey said. “Got behind this project. There have been many challenges. They haven’t been successful.

According to Soluri, he and his group needs 13,000 signatures in 60 days to for a voter referendum.

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