Opponents of arena vote exaggerate wildly

02/20/2014 12:02 PM

02/20/2014 4:28 PM

Re "Arena groups urge court to block a vote" (Page B3, Feb. 15): Some of the arguments submitted by the City of Sacramento and civic groups against the lawsuit brought by initiative proponents requiring a public vote on the city subsidy for the downtown arena were appalling.

The city contends that the initiative measure is somehow unconstitutional because it impinges on the city council's "full authority over the city's fiscal affairs," while another group argues the minor wording errors in the petition text constitute "one of the worst accumulations of errors and defects ever presented to a court."

In light of the unprecedented amount of the city subsidy, more than a quarter of a billion dollars, and the novel source of the subsidy funding, city parking revenues, an election measure is clearly warranted and which would engender a thorough discussion of the merits of an arena and advisability of a subsidy.

Hyperbole is pretty much all we have received so far.

-- Randall Henry, Sacramento

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