SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The judge overseeing a challenge to the city clerk’s decision on a ballot measure putting the Sacramento Kings arena subsidy to a vote is allowing a political action committee to join the case.

The pro-arena group The 4000 will be submitting papers in court to help bolster the city’s defense against Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork.

“We will be filing papers in support of the city’s actions, and we hope to sharpen presentation of issues for the court,” said attorney Sean Welch.

STOP is suing Sacramento, because the city clerk found the petitions the group submitted to challenge an arena subsidy had too many mistakes.

Their attorneys say they will turn to previous cases which allowed voters to cast a ballot.

“To error is human, and to forgive is divine, and the courts do forgive certain types of errors,” attorney Bradley hertz said.

The hearing was delayed because a judge had to disqualify himself for signing an anti-arena subsidy petition. Judge Timothy Frawley is now presiding over the case.

The STOP campaign hopes to force a June vote to see if taxpayers want to vote on the arena, and then a second vote would be held on the arena subsidy in November.

A vote to allow a public vote would likely put a dent in the city’s plans on the arena project to begin construction this summer with the hope of a 2016 opening.


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