The San Jose Mercury News has the latest on the stadium project going on for the Niners.
Construction workers are poised to install fire hydrants, move high voltage poles and conduct environmental tests on Santa Clara’s site for a future 49ers football stadium, despite criticism that the city’s elected leaders are playing a shell game with redevelopment funds. Acting Assistant City Manager Carol McCarthy said that of the $4 million the council approved last week to advance the 49ers company for work on the stadium site, she expects between $700,000 and $800,000 will be spent through December on basic improvements at the site. In a controversial move, the council scrambled last week to give the team the money before state lawmakers vote on Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to disband redevelopment agencies to help balance the state budget. But 49ers fans shouldn’t consider this a stadium groundbreaking. That still could be years off with plenty of questions looming about how the team and city will finance the $937 million project next to the Great America theme park.