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LOS ANGELES -- A group of anti-vaccination protesters on Saturday afternoon temporarily forced the closure of the Dodger Stadium COVID-19 vaccination site, one of the largest in the nation.

The protesters blocked the entrance to the site, delaying people who were in line waiting to get their shots as it led to a long backup of cars.

Some in the group of roughly 30 people waived signs with anti-mask and anti-vaccine messages.

"This is completely wrong," said German Jaquez, who drove from his home in La Verne and had been waiting for an hour for his vaccination when the stadium's gates were closed. He said some of the protesters were telling people in line that the coronavirus is not real and that the vaccination is dangerous.

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In order to achieve Governor Newsom's goal of vaccinating one million additional people by this weekend, mass vaccination sites are opening up at stadiums and fairgrounds around California.

A post on social media described the demonstration as the "SCAMDEMIC PROTEST/MARCH." It advised participants to "please refrain from wearing Trump/MAGA attire as we want our statement to resonate with the sheeple. No flags but informational signs only."

"This is a sharing information protest and march against everything COVID, Vaccine, PCR Tests, Lockdowns, Masks, Fauci, Gates, Newsom, China, digital tracking, etc."

According to Andrea Garcia with Mayor Eric Garcetti's office, the protest caused a closure of the gates for under an hour before they were reopened. She added that everyone who had an appointment for Saturday would still be able to get vaccinated.

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The site is usually open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In a tweet, the Los Angeles Police Department said they were aware of the protest and "preliminary reports are that all protesters remained peaceful."

No arrests were made.

A request for comment from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health was not immediately returned.

DEVELOPING: This story will be updated as more information becomes available. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Local Politics | 49ers offer Santa Clara $3.3 million to resolve lawsuit over Levis Stadium management

After settling a years-long lawsuit earlier this year over event parking, the 49ers are on their way to settling another legal battle with the city of Santa Clara — this time over the management of Levi’s Stadium.

The 49ers sued the city back in 2019 after the Santa Clara City Council voted to remove the football team from managing non-NFL events, citing concerns about fraud and the team’s failure to comply with state wage and conflict-of-interest laws.

But after three years in court, the 49ers are offering the city a settlement of $3.3 million, according to team spokesperson Rahul Chandhok.

The offer includes a $650,000 payment from the team to the city’s general fund and a $650,000 transfer from the Stadium Authority’s discretionary fund to the general fund. The remaining $2 million will be used for public safety expenses for the stadium.

The 49ers will also forgive $350,000 in interest that the Stadium Authority owes the team.

Chandhok said the settlement would help Santa Clara “avoid millions in future legal fees.” He estimates the both the team and the city have spent $8 million fighting the litigation and blamed Mayor Lisa Gillmor for having a “track record of wasting taxpayer dollars of failed litigation,” citing the $6 million the city spent fighting a lawsuit and a court order requiring them to switch to district-based elections.

“Prolonged legal fights only benefit the lawyers, and we hope the city will take this significant step to restore this partnership and focus on generating revenue from the stadium,” Chandhok said in a statement. “For Mayor Gillmor and her allies to say otherwise is just another attempt to trump up a conspiracy to cover up her own fiscal recklessness.”

Gillmor could not be reached for comment.

Vice Mayor Suds Jain declined to comment, saying he needed to more details of the settlement first, but said he doesn’t “really like paying lawyers.”

The city council is slated to discuss the legal battle with the 49ers during its closed session meeting on Tuesday evening.

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