Santa Clara residents to vote on new 49er stadium

A photo of what the new 49ers stadium could look like in Santa Clara if negotiations succeed. (Photo courtesy of the San Francisco 49ers)

April 5, 2010 7:53:37 PM PDT
The effort to build a new 49ers stadium in Santa Clara will be on the June 8 ballot. That is despite a lawsuit challenging the language to be used for the initiative.

The city of Santa Clara had until 5 p.m. on Monday to submit all the printed material regarding Measure J -- the 49ers stadium initiative.

Just before noon, the main obstacle, a lawsuit, was dismissed in Superior Court allowing the measure to be placed on the June 8 ballot.

"There are a few people who are angry that this project is going forward, and it's going to a vote of the people, and that are angry about it, and so they filed a frivolous lawsuit and the judge pretty much verified that, he threw it out of court," said 49ers spokesperson Lisa Lang.

Santa Clara resident and one time candidate for mayor Deborah Bress initiated the suit. She argued the language on the ballot measure is misleading and Santa Clara taxpayers will end up paying some of the cost to build the $937 million stadium to be located next to the Great America amusement park.

"So if something were to happen and the stadium agency goes belly up, who do you think is going to pay for it?" asked Bress.

She's urging voters to carefully read the city's deal with the 49ers.

The mayor of Santa Clara insists the 49ers will end up paying close to 92 percent of the costs. Some of the remaining expenses will come from a hotel tax and redevelopment funds -- not, she says, from the general fund.

"No the city of Santa Clara is not. Our redevelopment agency will be participating in some bond funding for the project which eventually gets paid back to the redevelopment agency," said Mayor Patricia Mahan.

With Monday's decision, the 49ers are one step closer to building their stadium in Santa Clara. They hope to have it up and running in time for the 2014 season.


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