Sen. Elaine Alquist of Santa Clara is jumping into a fight between the 49ers football team and education leaders in her Bay Area community by writing a bill that would allocate $30 million in disputed redevelopment funds toward building a new NFL stadium.
The bill marks the third time in recent years that California lawmakers have written custom legislation at the end of session to advance football stadium projects. Last year, the Legislature approved a bill that provided a speedy environmental review process for a new stadium in Los Angeles. A 2009 bill protected a proposed stadium in the City of Industry from environmental lawsuits.
Alquist's bill is fallout from Gov. Jerry Brown's decision last year to dissolve redevelopment agencies. Santa Clara's redevelopment agency had planned to give $30 million toward the $1.2 billion effort to build a new stadium for the San Francisco 49ers. A county oversight committee created after the redevelopment agency folded decided last month not to use the money for the stadium and instead give it to schools.