From the Department of Absurdity…
It appears that the only way to get a football stadium built in California is with some legislative help.
According to the LA Times, Senator Elaine Alquist (D-Santa Clara) is set to gut an existing education bill and replace it with language that would provide the 49ers stadium project with the $30 million in redevelopment funds that are currently in dispute. Apparently the City and team are nervous enough that they can’t wait for the hearing, which starts tomorrow in the Capitol.
As the article notes, both LA stadium projects used legislative muscle to make the process easier. I suppose the good news is that at least in Oakland, replacing one football stadium with another should make any stadium proposal go more smoothly, and without these procedural gymnastics.