JUDGE DISMISSES SANTA CLARA STADIUM LAWSUITS

The San Francisco 49ers have moved a step closer to a new $937 million stadium after a judge rejected two lawsuits that could have derailed plans.

The lawsuit surrounded the ballot on whether the new stadium should receive state funding. It attempted to sue the city over the ballot language, stating it violated state election law and didn’t accurately describe the stadium plan's cost to taxpayers.

It argued the ballot language, among other things, didn't mention the proposed $114 million dollar public subsidy for the project.

However the case was thrown out on Monday paving the way for a final decision to be made in June.

A spokesperson for The Yes on J campaign supporting the new stadium said: “Filing frivolous lawsuits against the city and a group of community leaders is simply not the Santa Clara way.

“With this distraction behind us, we can get back to the important work of talking to Santa Clarans about how the stadium makes a great city even greater.

“It’s time to put Santa Clarans back to work, which is why we are confident Measure J will pass on June 8th.”

The proposed 68,500 capacity stadium is expected to be built in time for the 2014 NFL Season at Candlestick Point in San Francisco.

Posted on 05/04/2010