California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill Sunday designed to make it easier for the San Francisco 49ers to build a new football stadium in Santa Clara.

The bill gives Santa Clara — located adjacent to San Jose and about 40 miles south of San Francisco — the legislative option to award a design-build public contract to construct the proposed stadium, according to a news release from the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Elaine Alquist, D-Santa Clara.

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