FILE - In this April 3, 2013, file photo, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, left, and California state Sen. Darrell Steinberg arrive for the NBA owners meeting in New York regarding the the possible relocation of the Sacramento Kings team to Seattle. Johnson has announced a new investor to help fill the role vacated by billionaire Ron Burkle in the city's bid to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle. Johnson said at his weekly news conference Tuesday, April 9, 2013, that Sacramento developer Mark Friedman has joined the group. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. —
A group fighting the city of Sacramento's plan to subsidize a new basketball arena for the Kings has submitted tens of thousands of signatures in an attempt to force a public vote on the matter.
The Sacramento Bee reports that Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork, or STOP, submitted 34,000 signatures on Friday for verification by Sacramento County election officials.
The group needs 22,027 valid voter signatures to get the initiative on the June ballot.
The NBA has told Sacramento it must build a modern arena to keep the Kings in town. The city has approved paying $258 million of the project's estimated $448 million cost.
California's campaign watchdog agency disclosed in August that billionaire Chris Hansen, who lost a bid to move the Kings to Seattle, secretly gave $80,000 to pay signature gatherers trying to qualify the measure.
Some tragedies at hospitals might be unavoidable, but a mother and father who lost their 21 month old daughter at Children's Hospital Oakland say it's what happened after their daughter's death that has continued to torment them.
To Celebrate the first year of The Bay Lights, a light sculpture on the Bay Bridge, the SF Bicycle Coalition lead a large group of cyclists on a ride through the city where many had their bikes lit up.