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Santa Clara May Give Stadium Money To 49ers

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A model for the planned new stadium of the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara. (CBS)

A model for the planned new stadium of the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara. (CBS)

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SANTA CLARA (CBS/AP) — Santa Clara leaders are considering giving $4.5 million for a new football stadium to the 49ers to possibly keep it from state officials.

The City Council is expected to vote on the proposal on Monday.

The money is part of up to $40 million in redevelopment funds the city has committed to the 49ers’ planned stadium in Santa Clara.

Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed disbanding California’s redevelopment agencies and directing their money to schools and local services.

Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews tells the San Jose Mercury News the money has to be moved to a private group such as the 49ers to better protect it from possible state action.

Critics say the city is going too far to help the team. Other cities have shifted redevelopment funds to different accounts or projects, but not given them to private groups.

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