A group seeking to ensure the new sports arena in downtown Sacramento benefits all city residents and addresses community and environment impacts is seeking for the legal system to address the adequacy of the city's Environmental Impact Report (EIR).
The Sacramento Coalition for Shared Prosperity filed a petition for writ of mandate with Sacramento Superior Court Thursday. The coalition wants the city and Sacramento Kings ownership to work with it over concerns about displacement of low-income residents where the venue will be built, transportation options and potential threats to public safety.
The group also argues the EIR does not consider or mitigate impacts to local street traffic, air quality and climate change.
"We are disappointed to have to take this matter to court, but our attempts to have discussions with the Kings ownership group and the City of Sacramento have largely been overlooked and ignored," stated Sacramento Housing Alliance Executive Director Darryl Rutherford in a news release.
The coalition reminded that taxpayer money is partially funding the arena. It wants a Community Benefits Agreement between the city Kings ownership and the coalition, as it says have been achieved in other such developments.