SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers appear to have reached a deal over 30 million in tax funding for their new stadium in Santa Clara that was unexpectedly yanked by county officials in June.
The Santa Clara County officials said they wanted to spend the money on schools and were empowered to swap the funding under changes in state law after Gov. Jerry Brown disbanded development agencies.
Under a deal reached Thursday, the Santa Clara Unified School District and other agencies will get about half of the money they wanted, according to a report by the San Jose Mercury News. The school district will then be able to balance its budget to avoid teacher layoffs, according to the newspaper.
The 49ers, meanwhile, will get the full 30 million, although not as quickly as they had hoped. The money is a small fraction of the total 1.2 billion stadium cost.
The Mercury News reported that the settlement must still be approved by county officials and a judge overseeing a lawsuit filed by the 49ers in response to the county's decision. But the newspaper reported that construction, which began in April, can now proceed at "full speed."
Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthew, who had supported the stadium funding, said the settlement was pushed by the judge's comments that he would rule in favor of returning funds to the stadium.
Representatives from the 49ers declined to comment about the agreement to the Mercury News until it is formally ratified at a county meeting in two weeks.
The 49ers reportedly continue to pursue Gus Bradley to serve as defensive coordinator on presumptive coach Kyle Shanahan’s staff.
The 49ers have increased their offer to Bradley, Mike Siliver of the NFL Network reported on Friday. Bradley wanted to work with Tom Cable, according to the report.
Cable interviewed with the 49ers on Sunday but removed his name from consideration on Tuesday after he and Seattle co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner sensed their 49ers’ interest in them intended to receive a commitment from Shanahan, sources told CSNBayArea.com.
Bradley served as defensive coordinator with the Seattle Seahawks from 2009 to ’12. In Bradley’s final season on Pete Carroll’s staff, Seattle ranked first in the NFL in points allowed and fourth in total yards.
Bradley became head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013. His teams went 14-48 before he was fired with two games remaining in the season.
The 49ers this week inquired with the Chicago Bears about the possibility of bringing back Vic Fangio to the organization to serve as defensive coordinator. The 49es were informed, according to a source, that the Bears would not let Fangio out of his contract. Fangio was the defensive coordinator for all four seasons with the 49ers under Jim Harbaugh.
Former 49ers coach Jim Tomsula reportedly interviewed this week for the New Orleans Saints’ defensive line job.
Tomsula, 48, who was fired as head coach of the 49ers after a 5-11 record in 2015, spent last season out of the football. He interviewed with Saints coach Sean Payton to replace fired line coach Bill Johnson, the Alex Marvez of The Sporting News reported, citing two sources.
Tomsula was hired as head coach to replace Jim Harbaugh after the 49ers announced a “mutual parting” with Harbaugh following the team’s 8-8 season of 2014.
Tomsula was well-regarded as the organization’s defensive line coach from 2007 to ’14.