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Gov. downplays fears of Industry 'stealing' team

October 21, 2009|Patrick McGreevy

Two days before Arnold Schwarzenegger is scheduled to sign legislation paving the way for a new football stadium in the City of Industry, the governor Tuesday downplayed concerns that developers of the Los Angeles County venue may take an NFL team from another California city.

"The team doesn't have to necessarily come from California. It could come from someplace else," Schwarzenegger told reporters. "I don't think anyone right now has in mind there to take a team and steal it from some California city."

Legislation that would exempt the planned 75,000-seat stadium from state environmental laws was opposed by lawmakers from San Diego, who feared that developer Ed Roski Jr. could use it to attract the San Diego Chargers.

A proposed amendment to the bill that would have prevented that was killed.

-- Patrick McGreevy

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