California: Opponents of arena subsidy say they will turn in 40,000 signatures

Tue, Dec 10 2013 — Source: Sacremento Bee

After months of controversy and door-to-door politicking, opponents of the public subsidy for Sacramento’s proposed NBA arena say they will submit as many as 40,000 signatures to city elections officials today in their quest to get the issue placed before voters on June’s ballot.

It will be several more weeks, however, before Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork and a spinoff group, Voters for a Fair Arena Deal, learn whether their signature-gathering campaigns were successful. The groups need only 22,000 valid signatures but realize that many of the signatures they’ve gathered, as is typical, will be proven invalid.

“It’s going to be close,” said John Hyde, a spokesman for STOP. He said the 40,000 signatures represent the combined efforts of both groups.

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