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Schwarzenegger signs stadium bill

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) signed a bill permitting the construction of a stadium that would house an NFL team in the Los Angeles area.

The governor announced the signing of the environmental exemption bill Thursday in Industry, Calif., the Associated Press reported. The stadium would be built there, about 15 miles from Los Angeles.

"This is the best kind of action state government can create--action that cuts red tape, generates jobs, is environmentally friendly and brings a continued economic boost to California," Schwarzenegger said in a written statement. "This legislation allows us to move forward with the construction of the nation's greenest football stadium and create thousands of jobs."

Construction of the 75,000-seat stadium is to create more than 18,000 jobs and generate $760 million annually for the local economy, the governor's office announced. The stadium complex is to include a hospital, a theater and office and retail space.

The bill signed by Schwarzenegger exempts activities associated with the development and operation of the stadium complex from the California Environmental Quality Act.

The move is designed to cut "unnecessary red tape to get shovels in the ground, people to work and an NFL team in Los Angeles," a written announcement by the governor's office said.

NFL officials have said they remain highly interested in putting a franchise in Los Angeles. The city has been without an NFL team since the Rams and Raiders left following the 1994 season.

By Mark Maske  |  October 22, 2009; 2:01 PM ET  | Category:  Los Angeles Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Since the state of California pays more money into their prison system than they do the school system already, have the prisoners build the stadium.

Posted by: JesseFerrell | October 23, 2009 11:09 AM

2012 Los Angeles Redskins cool!
We have to be offered another team, let's face it with the owner the team has now who miss them.

Posted by: shamken | October 23, 2009 9:57 AM

I THOUGHT CALIFORNIA WAS ABOUT OUT OF MONEY..SO HOW ARE THEY GONNA PAY FOR A STADIUM ESPECIALLY SINCE THEY HAVE NO TEAM?
BUILDING SCHOOLS MIGHT BE BETTER. STUDIES SHOW A STADIUM DOES NOT PRODUCE SIGNIFICANT REVENUES FOR THE SURROUNDING AREAS.. CREATING JOBS IS GOOD, BUT I DOUBT THE FEDS WILL BANKROLL A FOOTBALL STADIUM..SO AGAIN,WHERE IS THE MONEY COMING FROM?

Posted by: blazerguy234 | October 23, 2009 7:22 AM

looks like a coast-to-coast move for the Jaguars!

Posted by: pdavidpierce | October 22, 2009 4:37 PM

So, who takes the LA bait?

I sense it would probably be the Jaguars, who play in the league's smallest market aside from Green Bay (which has a statewide following) and are hemmed in by Atlanta, Tampa Bay and even Miami. I suppose the Chargers can't be ruled out returning to their initial home area, and if the Vikings can't obtain a stadium like the Twins and Gophers despite this season, ownership might throw up its hands and choose to leave -- though that would be messy.

Posted by: VPaterno | October 22, 2009 4:33 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen, your 2012 Los Angeles Redskins!!

Posted by: acoberst1 | October 22, 2009 4:31 PM

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