According to The Sacramento Bee, September 14, 2013, a petition drive sponsored by STOP, (Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork), has gathered enough signatures to qualify for the June 2014 ballot and put the question as to whether or not to approve the proposed new Sacramento Kings Stadium before the voters. STOP claims to have gathered almost all of the required 20,000 signatures to qualify for the June ballot through Monica Harris and her organization, Momentum Political Services, which was hired by STOP to gather the signatures.
However, in order for STOP to reach its goal, thousands of signatures that were inadvertently financed by Chris Hansen will have to be found. Hansen formerly headed the unsuccessful attempt to move the Sacramento Kings franchise to Seattle. He later admitted to inadvertengly contributing funds to help gather signatures to stop the construction of the new Kings Stadium and was fined $50,000 for his part in the debacle.
Hansen has promised to try his best to stop the signatures which were gathered with his money. He claims that the signatures were gathered without his "knowledge or consent" with money that he had given to the law firm representing the Maloof family in its unsuccessful move to sell the Kings franchise to Hansen. John Hyde, a consultant for STOP, claims that Hansen is legally bound to turn over the signatures.
In the meantime, Harris is trying to clear her name from accusations that she used voter registration information to gather signatures for an energy company that hired her to gather signatures from door to door. However, according the The Sacramento Bee, September 14, 2013, Harris presented two lists of signature gathering employees, one for the petition from STOP and another for the petition for the energy company. According to the Bee, none of the names appeared on either list.
At this point, the fate of the petition drive to stop the new Kings arena from coming to fruition is unknown. However the next few months promise to be filed with controversy as the debate over construction of the new stadium ensues and advocates on both sides feel the mounting pressure.
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