San Diego – Touting economic value beyond the city of San Diego, Chargers special envoy Mark Fabiani, recently addressed the San Diego Association of Government’s board of directors. Casting a broader political and financial net over the region, Fabiani told SANDAG leaders that the chances of building the project will be better if voters outside the city of San Diego are able to weigh in, according to an article in the San Diego Union Tribune.
With a hefty price tag of a possible $1 billion, plenty of support will be needed. The Chargers and the National Football League could pool their collective resources at $400 million. The balance, he suggested, will require creative solutions possibly involving the sale or lease of city-owned land such as Qualcomm Stadium or the Sports Arena. Other sources could include naming rights and taxpayer support.
According to the UT article, Fabiani told the SANDAG Board that the Chargers’ stadium effort would do better on a countywide referendum than it would in a referendum limited to the City of San Diego, and that their lawyers are advising about the issues which would support a countywide referendum.
Pushing a vote on the venue to 2013 seems to be the target for Chargers. So doing affords new political voices to the local conversation as the plans continue developing.
Source: “Chargers see countywide stadium vote in 2013” The San Diego Union-Tribune (Feb. 6, 2012)
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