One San Francisco 49ers stadium lawsuit leaves, one enters: Great America amusement park owners Cedar Fair, fresh off their sale to new investors falling through, have again sued the city of Santa Clara, charging that its environmental impact review for the stadium project is insufficient. (The stadium would be built atop what’s currently a Great America parking lot.)
Cedar Fair already has one suit pending against the city, charging that it violated state law by signing a binding agreement to build the stadium before EIR was complete. Yesterday was the deadline for filing a direct EIR challenge, and the San Jose Mercury News speculates that the new suit “may be another tactic to jump start negotiations with city and 49ers officials.” Undoubtedly, but given how long these negotiations are going on, it certainly holds the threat of delaying the project, if nothing else.
Unlike the citizen lawsuit that was kicked out of court last week, this suit does not seek to challenge the June 8 voter referendum on the 49ers deal, which will still go forward. If it passes, then we can expect to see both Cedar Fair and the Niners gearing up their lawyers.