After years of waiting, a key election for the 49ers is finally at hand. Down in Santa Clara, Measure J is on the ballot in today's primary election and if approved, it would be a fairly significant step forward in the 49ers attempts to get a new stadium built. As I've repeatedly said, it does not guarantee a stadium will be built in Santa Clara, but it certainly would be a big step forward. For those who have not read about it, Measure J reads:
Shall the City of Santa Clara adopt Ordinance 17.20 leasing City property for a professional football stadium and other events; no use of City General or Enterprise finds for construction; no new taxes for residents for stadium; Redevelopment Agency funds capped for construction; private party pays all construction cost overruns; no City/Agency obligation for stadium operating/maintenance; private party payment of projected fair market rent; and additional funds for senior/youth/library/recreation to City's General Fund?
If you live in Santa Clara, are registered to vote, and have not yet voted today, make sure you head to your nearest polling place to vote YES on Measure J.
Election returns won't start to filter in until later this afternoon/evening, so I'll be getting an open thread up around 6pm (or earlier if results start coming in). You'll be able to track results HERE.