Lawsuit Filed to Stop Downtown Arena Project, Cites CEQA Changes

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Less than 24 hours after the Sacramento City Council approved plans to build a new entertainment and sports complex downtown, a lawsuit was filed to stop the project so “proper environmental analysis” can be done.

The petitioners accuse the project developers and the city of seeking special treatment from state legislation to modify the California Environmental Quality Act, CEQA.

Click here to download the full lawsuit filed Wednesday

In the lawsuit’s introduction, the petitioners say the city council and Mayor Kevin Johnson voted Tuesday to “leave behind a perfectly good sports arena in the middle of urban north Sacramento to demolish a major section of downtown Sacramento and build a hideously-designed sports arena there”.

The lawsuit lists several environmental impacts of the new arena project; including crowded downtown highways, more noise, crowds on the streets and more traffic on downtown side streets looking for parking.

A sticking point for the petitioners is a bill passed by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg last fall that eased environmental regulations and made changes to the CEQA.

An environmental impact report was done for the entertainment and sports complex project, and presented as part of Tuesday night’s city council debate.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Sacramento Superior Court.

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