Sacramento Superior Court Judge Lloyd Connelly has ordered Santa Clara County officials to not spend $30 million recently pulled from the San Francisco 49ers stadium fund. The judge set a court hearing for July 27 in which he might will rule on the 49ers lawsuit claiming the $30 million in funds was approved by Santa Clara city voters in 2010 to be used exclusively on the new stadium. The judge will most likely side with the 49ers as he said at the court hearing this week, “this is a powerful argument, and one that may prevail.”
The restraining order stops Santa Clara County from spending the money at all. The officials say the redevelopment money would be better used on education and local school districts. On June 22, the Santa Clara County oversight board pulled the $30 million in funds saying under new state laws they have control over how the money is spent. The 49ers say voters earmarked the money for the new stadium and thus it has to be spent on construction.
The 49ers vs. Santa Clara County ordeal is far from over, but construction and the opening of the new stadium will not be delayed no matter how the judge rules. Stay tuned.