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May 14, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Sacramento group says it will launch ballot initiative to stop arena funding

A Sacramento group today announced it taking formal steps to launch a ballot initiative to stop the funding for a new arena in that city.

Here’s the release:

SACRAMENTO – Taxpayers for Safer Neighborhoods PAC has joined with Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork (STOP) to announce the first phase of a campaign to end the financially irresponsible diversion of over $250 million in public funds to build a new downtown basketball arena.

Armed with the financial and political resources necessary, the group will be launching a ballot initiative and will begin gathering signatures to bring this issue to the voters.

“Working with Taxpayers for Safer Neighborhoods, we have put together the funds to begin gathering signatures for an initiative which will prevent the public gift of over $250 million in taxpayer dollars to developers and professional sports team owners,” said Julian Camacho, Chairman of Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork (STOP).

“Today, we announcing that we are now moving forward with our campaign which includes getting official approval to gather signatures for putting an initiative on the ballot. This initiative will allow the public to weigh in on the City Council’s decision to divert funding from police, fire, schools and parks to support building a new basketball arena for the owners of the Kings,” added Camacho.

“This comes at a time when the City simply does not have the funds to waste,” Camacho concluded.

This year alone, the City of Sacramento is facing an $8.9 million deficit and just this week, City Manager John Shirey warned the Council that there is an impending fiscal cliff approaching.

STOP has partnered with the Political Action Committee Taxpayers for Safer Neighborhoods to begin campaigning on behalf of this initiative, and have retained the law firm Wewer and Lacy and political consultant Brandon Powers to assist with the campaign.

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