Civil Rights Groups Object To 49ers Stadium Deals

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - A coalition of civil rights groups is objecting to the racial breakdown of companies working on the new San Francisco 49ers stadium in Santa Clara.

The groups say they have not found any minority-owned companies among the contractors and subcontractors that have been hired to work on the $1.2 billion stadium.

Project officials counter that they were required not to consider race when selecting firms under an anti-affirmative action law passed by state voters.

The main stadium developers, New York City-based Turner Construction and Milpitas-based Devcon Construction, say they are researching the issue in response to the letter.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that the letter was sent by civil rights attorneys and groups that promote black and Hispanic contractors to Santa Clara, the 49ers and the NFL on Friday.