Sacramento's City Council has approved plans to use eminent domain to get the arena project moving.
The City of Sacramento will use its political and legal muscle to obtain the final remaining piece of land needed for the downtown arena.
Gary Livaich is an eminent domain attorney. He explained the process to News10.
"The inherent power of the sovereign -- the government -- to take private property," Livaich said.
Livaich said the city must follow two rules. First, the property must be taken for public use and, second, the land owner must be compensated. Livaich said it seems the city has a case to use eminent domain.
At last nights crowded City Council meeting, opponents and supporters were vocal on the issue.
"The problem is that the Kings have never been more than a drain on the city. The solution: oppose this resolution and demonstrate to the real taxpaying residents of Sacramento that you know darn well that this isn't in the public's best interest," one man said.
The city has been trying to purchase the former Macy's Men's Store at Downtown Plaza.
The property is jointly owned by CalPers and U.S. Bank. U.S. Bank is reported to be against using eminent domain.
Some recent examples of cities using eminent domain for arena buildings include Brooklyn for the Barclays Center and Arlington, Texas, for AT&T Stadium, where the Dallas Cowboys play.
The city and the Kings' ownership group are under a strict schedule from the NBA.
If the deadlines are not met, the NBA could potentially relocate the Sacramento Kings.
Council members Kevin McCarty and Darrell Fong voted against the motion.