City, Kings dispute claims made in environmental lawsuit over new arena

The city of Sacramento and the Kings disputed every claim made in a citizens’ lawsuit citing California’s environmental law in an effort to block construction of the new downtown arena.

Lawyers for the city and the Kings filed formal answers to the lawsuit filed the day after the City Council approved construction of the $477 million arena at Downtown Plaza.

The suit was filed by 12 citizens in Sacramento Superior Court. Citing the California Environmental Quality Act, the suit says the “hideously-designed sports arena” would create horrendous noise and traffic problems, and raises the prospect of post-game rioting in the streets. It also challenges the constitutionality of SB 743, a law signed last summer by Gov. Jerry Brown in order to give the arena project additional protection against CEQA lawsuits.

In their court responses, the city and the Kings denied each of the allegations without addressing them in detail. That’s typical in the early stages of a lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed only against the city, although the Kings were named as a “real party in interest” and are participating in the case.

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