The process of building a stadium in Santa Clara for the 49ers took another step forward Tuesday when the Santa Clara City Council unanimously approved a 10 million expenditure to prepare the construction site.
The funds will help transform a parking lot adjacent to the Great America amusement park -- the re-routing of utilities, the addition of an access road, sidewalks and additional parking spaces.
Santa Clara will tap into voter-approved tax revenue for a portion of the project; it reportedly will borrow 6 million from the 49ers for the rest.
"This is really an exciting move, though it doesn't sound like very exciting work to prepare the site and move utilities and parking," said City Councilmember Lisa Gillmor. "It's really a great movement forward for our stadium."
Previously, voters in Santa Clara passed a measure to provide 114 million to build the stadium. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2013 and the facility is targeted to open in 2015.
The San Francisco 49ers agreed to a four-year, $16 million deal with defensive tackle Earl Mitchell on Friday, CSNBayArea.com has learned.
Mitchell, 29, will earn $5.5 million in his first year with the 49ers.
The seven-year veteran played in nine games last season for the Dolphins. He recorded 17 total tackles.
Since entering the league in 2010 as a third-round draft pick with the Texans, Mitchell has appeared in 100 games between Houston and Miami, totaling 206 tackles. He has also recorded 5.5 sacks.
The San Francisco 49ers have a total of 10 picks in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Here is where they will be on the clock in each round:
49ERS 2017 DRAFT PICKS
1. First round: No. 2 overall
2. Second round: No. 34 overall
3. Third round: No. 66 overall
4. Fourth round: No. 109 overall
5. Fourth round: No. 143 overall (compensatory)
6. Fifth round: No. 146 overall
7. Fifth round: No. 161 (pick acquired from Washington in 2015 trade for TE Derek Carrier)
8. Sixth round: No. 186 overall
9. Sixth round: No. 202 overall (pick acquired from Denver in 2015 trade for TE Vernon Davis)
10. Seventh round: No. 219 overall (pick acquired from Cleveland in 2015 trade for Andy Lee)