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Schwarzenegger to help pave the way for a stadium in City of Industry

October 20, 2009 |  3:35 pm

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 today 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. may use it to attract the San Diego Chargers. A proposed amendment to the bill would have prevented that and also barred Roski from going after the San Francisco 49ers or Oakland Raiders, but the amendment was killed.

John Semcken, vice president of Roski’s Majestic Realty, could not be reached for comment. But in the past, he has not ruled out going after the Chargers, who have the option of getting out of their lease in San Diego.

Schwarzenegger, who lives in Los Angeles County, explained his decision to sign the bill, saying it will create jobs and provide a new venue of entertainment in Southern California.

"We have been trying in Los Angeles to get a football team for a long time, for many, many years," Schwarzenegger said.

-- Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento