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Senate Approves Environmental Exemptions for NFL Stadium. Hello, Raiders?
Watch out, Los Angeles. We might be having a Raider Nation soon enough (or hey, maybe even get back the Chargers).
In a legislative session yesterday, the state's senate approved a bill that "would grant the 75,000-seat stadium project an exemption from the California Environmental Quality Act, the environmental law that governs development," according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. It next goes to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's desk and if approved, it will nullify a pending lawsuit brought forth by a citizens group.
The project in the city of Industry is expected to create "18,000 jobs, generate over $762 million in economic output and over $320 million in salaries for residents throughout Los Angeles County and surrounding communities," according to a news release from Assemblyman Isadore Hall II, D-Compton, the bill's author.
This puts stadium developers in the position to vie for a team for the 2010 season. Raiders, Chargers, Vikings, Bills, Rams, 49ers and Jaguars are among the list to be considered.