STOP Files Lawsuit Against Clerk, City Council

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Lawyers with the group Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork (STOP) officially announced Wednesday that they have filed a lawsuit against the Sacramento city clerk and city council.

The move comes in response to how their petition to force a vote on public funds for the new downtown arena was rejected by the city clerk last week.

READ: Sacramento City Clerk Rejects STOP Petition Effort

Clerk Shirley Concolino cited numerous legal flaws in her decision to disqualify the petition, among them: pieces of missing information on the petitions and the fact that there were 9 different versions of the petition.

However, STOP’s lawyer said Wednesday that, in the past, the California Supreme Court has ruled that minor errors in printing of petitions cannot impact a petition.

The4000, a group who supports the downtown arena plan, issued a response to STOP’s lawsuit Wednesday morning. The group brings up questions about how the petition effort and Wednesday’s legal action is funded.

READ: The4000 Releases an Open Letter to STOP following Lawsuit

The4000 is asking STOP to disclose a list of who is financing their efforts.

Marin Austin and Cecilio Padilla contributed to this report.

Related stories:

City Clerk Rejects Petition to Put Arena Subsidy to a Public Vote

STOP Passes Signature Threshold; Petitions, Signatures Move to City Clerk

Arena Vote Group Accused of Inconsistent Petitions

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