Santa Clara County, to the 49ers: ‘Yoink!’

06.26.12 34 Comments

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Back in 2010, voters in Santa Clara County agreed to allocate $40 million in redevelopment funds to help build a new stadium for the San Fransisco 49ers. The county has paid out a quarter of that figure so far, with the team covering the other $30 million as a loan to the county, under the assumption they’ll be paid back once the funds are released. Well now, after a recent meeting by a new oversight committee, the county has decided to tell the 49ers to go pound sand so they can spend the money on some other big government bullsh-t like educating children or whatever.

A California county has surprised both the San Francisco 49ers and city of Santa Clara leaders by pulling $30 million in tax funds from the new 49ers stadium.

Santa Clara County officials told the Mercury News Saturday that they would rather spend the money on teachers.

The team and the city said voters had specifically earmarked redevelopment money to help build the $1.2 billion stadium and that the county has no right to keep it. […]

”Let’s be real: That stadium is going to get built whether or not you get this $30 million,” county tax collector George Putris, the oversight board member who proposed the motion, told a 49ers attorney at the meeting. He said the need was greater at other public agencies, such as school districts. The motion passed 4-3. [Yahoo!]

Teachers? SCHOOLS?! What the hell?! Name one thing a school can do that a football stadium can’t. Math? There’s a scoreboard with all sorts of numbers on it. Geography? “Daddy, where are the Seattle Seahawks from?” “Somewhere near Canada.” Done. Science? Football players crash into each other and mangle their insides on EVERY PLAY. That’s physics AND biology, holmes. Music appreciation? The cheerleaders dance to something, right? I mean, if you really think about it, there’s almost no difference between a football stadium and a school. They’re both huge buildings that contain a lot of people who show up under the influence and proceed to shout unnecessarily mean things at each other for most of the day, with a break in the middle where everyone stuffs their face full of crappy pizza. At least football has touchdowns.

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