Professor Perschbacher Comments for KTXL News on Sacramento Arena Controversy
Professor Rex Perschbacher commented for a report on local television station KTXL Fox40 regarding the effort to force a public vote on plans to build a new arena in downtown Sacramento.
The plan, which would involve the investment of hundreds of millions of dollars in city funding in a collaborative effort with the new owners of the Sacramento Kings, has been controversial, and the group Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork (STOP) has launched a petition drive in an attempt to put it on the ballot. The Fair Political Practices Commission is investigating allegations that STOP received $25,000 from Loeb and Loeb, a law firm that has represented the Maloof family, the Kings' former owners.
Such allegations are not unusual when a law firm "is doing something on behalf of someone who doesn't wish to be revealed," Perschbacher said, but not necessarily an indication the firm has done anything wrong. "Unless you use confidential info from the Maloofs for this purpose... I don't know that there's a conflict of interest in the true lawyerly sense," said Perschbacher.
Professor Rex Perschbacher was Dean of the Law School from 1998 to 2008, and before that served as Associate Dean from 1993-1998. He has taught at UC Davis since 1981 with an emphasis on the areas of Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility, and clinical teaching.