Sacramento clerk rejects challenge to NBA arena

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento's city clerk has rejected a ballot measure that would have asked voters to approve subsidies to build a $448 million downtown arena intended as the future home of the NBA's Sacramento Kings.

The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1avR524 ) that City Clerk Shirley Concolino cited multiple legal issues Friday with the signature petitions.

Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork and Voters for a Fair Arena Deal collected nearly 23,000 signatures. But the clerk says she's never seen a petition effort with so many flaws.

Neither of the two groups returned telephone and email messages from The Associated Press.

Mayor Kevin Johnson, himself a former NBA star, was among those praising Concolino's decision. It sets up a likely legal battle over the measure, which was intended for the June ballot.

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