A judge called the city of Sacramento the "favored party" but did not issue a ruling after Friday's hearing in a lawsuit brought on by a group seeking voter approval for the public funding of a downtown arena. Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork and Voters for a Fair Arena Deal sued the city after thousands of signatures that would have forced the city to seek voter approval of the $258 million subsidy were thrown out. Assistant City Attorney Matthew Ruyak argued the election code is clear on the issue, and that there were also problems with the wording and inconsistencies between different versions of the petition that voided the effort.