The two groups behind the initiative to put Sacramento's arena subsidy up to a public vote say they will not appeal a court's decision that tossed out their petitions.
STOP announcing this affternoon that it will not seek appeal. The group partnered with Voters for a Fair Arena Deal on the lawsuit.
A spokesman from that group says they disagree with the court's decision, but further litigation would be expensive and the type of ruling made by the judge would be difficult to overturn.
A Sacramento Superior Court judge has thrown out STOP's lawsuit that aimed at putting the building and financing of a new arena to a public vote.
In his 14-page ruling, Judge Tim Frawley said:
"In reaching its decision, the court also has taken into account the sheer number of violations committed by the proponents."
Frawley went on to say...."The court is not aware of any case where the petition process, from beginning to end, was so infected with errors.
This statement to the KFBK newsroom from The4000, the group backing a new arena:
"We are pleased with the ruling and thank both Judge Frawley and the City of Sacramento for upholding the integrity of election process. Today, we move one step closer to creating 4,000 jobs, revitalizing our downtown, and generating $11.5B in economic activity to our region."
You can see the full ruling here.
"Today's decision allows the city to silence 23,000 certified voters and all Sacramento citizens who demand a voice on their city's future. At the same time; its example diminishes the civil and constitutional rights of all California citizens.
It is deplorable that our city's leaders have put special interests ahead of the voters who elected them. They make a mockery of democracy. They may get away with it for the time being, but voters will not soon forget the arena subsidy scandals. We call on Sacramento's disenfranchised voters to express their outrage to their City Council; and we call on our elected representatives to begin listening to their constituents. It is not too late for the city's arena deal to receive the public scrutiny and debate that it deserves."
Mayor Kevin Johnson reacted to the ruling by posting to his Facebook page:
"I'm pleased with thte court's ruling and thank our City Clerk and City Attorney for their full court press in protecting the integrity of the initiative process. Time and time and time again, outsiders have tried to undermine the right of Sacramento to control the destiny of our Kings, our dowtown, and our future. Time and time and time again, we have stepped up to the challenge and stood tall. Today is no exception. Make no mistake: Sacramento will not be denied. We will build this arena, we will chart a new course for our economy, and we will move forward as a city. Construction begins in September 2014.