City attorney OKs Sacramento petitions on public arena vote

Published: Tuesday, Apr. 3, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 14A

The Sacramento city attorney gave the legal go-ahead Monday to a group planning a petition drive to prohibit the city from providing financial support to a downtown arena without voter approval.

A group of downtown residents hopes to qualify the initiative, called the "No Public Funding of Arena Act" for the November ballot.

The approval of the initiative language will allow the group to publish a notice of intent with the city clerk to begin the signature-gathering drive.

The group, called Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork, or STOP, hopes to gather 30,000 signatures by late May to qualify its measure for the November ballot, a representative said.

The measure wording states: "The City shall provide no financial support for the development of an Entertainment and Sports Complex (ESC) in the Downtown Railyards site without the approval of a majority of voters."

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