The campaign over whether to hold a public vote on the city's arena financing plan continued to escalate over the weekend.
In a tactic not normally seen in off-election periods, a coalition of Kings fans, building industry groups and labor organizations trying to avoid a vote on the arena made a robocall to city voters on Sunday. The call can be heard here.
Joshua Wood, the head of Region Builders, a building coalition that has spearheaded the anti-vote campaign, said the call went to more than 56,000 voters. He said the call was paid for by the groups that are funding the DowntownArena.org campaign, a full list of whom can be found here.
Wood acknowledged the unusual circumstance of using a robocall so far from an election. "When you're doing robocalls in July, you know it's important," he said.
Two connected groups - Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork (STOP) and Orange County-based Taxpayers for Safer Neighborhoods - are collecting signatures to place a measure on the June 2014 ballot that would require a vote before the city could use public resources for an arena.
Under a plan approved by the City Council, $258 million in public resources -- mainly future parking revenues -- would be used to help pay for a new $448 million arena at the Downtown Plaza.
Last week, the DowntownArena group released a video it said showed a signature gatherer misleading voters by claiming the city was increasing taxes to build the arena.
The STOP/Taxpayers for Safer Neighborhoods responded by publicizing a draft press released from DowntownArena that showed a quote attributed to "CITIZEN TO BE NAMED." The pro-vote campaign said the draft showed that the quote was written before being said by a real person.