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.
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