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Chargers hope political chaos in San Diego resolves quickly

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The Chargers want a new stadium in San Diego.  With San Diego possibly in need of another new mayor, the process once again could be delayed.

With Bob Filner (pictured) apologizing for years of disrespecting and intimidating women but refusing to step down, the time isn’t right for the local NFL team to close a deal on a new home.

“It’s not unique,” special counsel Mark Fabiani told Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego.  “We’ve seen it before.  We just have to hope that it comes and it goes and things return to some state of normalcy because you can’t get anything done in a chaotic situation like this.  That’s for sure.”

Fabiani added regarding the controversy’s potential impact on the stadium effort, “There’s no way it’s good.”

It’s also not good that the team apparently is looking for as much as $700 million in public money.

“Projects like this need significant work from all of the elected officials, but you’re going to need the mayor,” Fabiani said. “You can’t point to any successful projects anywhere in the country that did not have the strong support of the city’s mayor.  There’s just no way around it.  If the situation is chaotic, you’re not going to get it.  You just have to hope eventually things sort themselves out and get back to something resembling some state of normalcy, and we can move forward.”

Of course, normalcy hasn’t led to the new stadium the Chargers want so badly.  At some point, maybe chaos will be the only way to get something done.

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16 Responses to “Chargers hope political chaos in San Diego resolves quickly”
  1. bigbrad184 says: Jul 27, 2013 11:18 AM

    You made sure to point out the political affiliation for the state congress member in Florida when he killed the Dolphins stadium bill yet you choose not to identify the political affiliation for this bozo. I wonder why?? Be consistent at least. Guaranteed if this guy was a republican you would have pointed that out early and often.

  2. floridaslonechargersfan says: Jul 27, 2013 11:24 AM

    With guys like Filner running the show, its a wonder anything gets done in San Diego.

  3. heisthejuan says: Jul 27, 2013 11:34 AM

    San Diego would be an amazing place if it wasn’t filled with San Diegans.

  4. sidepull says: Jul 27, 2013 11:53 AM

    bigbrad184 says:
    Jul 27, 2013 11:18 AM
    You made sure to point out the political affiliation for the state congress member in Florida when he killed the Dolphins stadium bill yet you choose not to identify the political affiliation for this bozo. I wonder why?? Be consistent at least. Guaranteed if this guy was a republican you would have pointed that out early and often.
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    Agreed 100%. This writer uses this site from time to time as his own personal soapbox to spout his agenda. In this case he hides the complete truth. I read the Dolphins article and he sure had the “complete truth ” exposed then.

  5. barbeaux says: Jul 27, 2013 12:18 PM

    The easiest way for the chargers to eliminate the politics of building a new stadium would be to *pay* for their new stadium. Are there any non-sports businesses that ask for tax money to build their factories or headquarters? Infrastructure improvements like roads etc makes sense but not the facility itself.

  6. eatitfanboy says: Jul 27, 2013 12:35 PM

    The old quote can be changed to “there are one three things that are certain in life: death, taxes, and the fact that San Diego Chargers are not getting $700 million dollars of public money to build a new stadium.”

    If this is truly what the Chargers are asking for, than what they are really asking for is to leave.

  7. eatitfanboy says: Jul 27, 2013 12:36 PM

    *only*

  8. brassknuckles47 says: Jul 27, 2013 1:10 PM

    barbeaux says: Jul 27, 2013 12:18 PM

    The easiest way for the chargers to eliminate the politics of building a new stadium would be to *pay* for their new stadium. Are there any non-sports businesses that ask for tax money to build their factories or headquarters? Infrastructure improvements like roads etc makes sense but not the facility itself.

    YEAH! ABSOLUTELY CORRECT!!!!!

  9. siennarune says: Jul 27, 2013 1:12 PM

    Charger fan here. To the bozo littlebrad184, do your homework before you type. Yes, the Chargers may move back to LA. LA can’t afford the team. Oh yeah, the political affiliation of Filner, that bozo is a democrat as you are littlebrad184. Just what we need, another misinformed moron with a blog.

  10. boltfaninfalconcountry says: Jul 27, 2013 1:17 PM

    Corrupt mayors in San Diego is like the sun rising.

  11. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 27, 2013 1:45 PM

    In other news, a hockey team (Red Wings) just announced they have a deal for $400MM in public funds. I guess hockey in a bankrupt city is more valuable than San Diego football. Maybe they should move and not build anything there?

  12. lmsheid says: Jul 27, 2013 2:06 PM

    hey barbeaux – Tax money to help non sport businesses? Have you heard of Chrysler, GM, Bof A, Wells Fargo? There are companies TOO BIG TO FAIL, or so says our President. Look up where TARP money came from. Tax incentives to companies are all over the country, not to mention farm subsidies for not growing your crop. – Don’t get me wrong, I think THE CHARGERS SHOULD WIN SOMETHING, before we consider giving away land or money for a new stadium.

  13. ambitoos says: Jul 27, 2013 2:19 PM

    The Chargers are no further now than they were 10 years ago as far as getting a new stadium. The Chargers are willing to chip in 100 million and the city has to come up with 700 million. Even the Raiders offered 300 million for their new stadium. The Q is looking better all the time.

  14. noring4youstill says: Jul 27, 2013 3:06 PM

    Yeah surprised Florio didn’t add a comment of how great Obama is working out for the country. Still out there campaigning as if he were up for reelection.

  15. bigbrad184 says: Jul 27, 2013 3:41 PM

    siennarune – what are you talking about? I didn’t talk about the Chargers possibly moving to LA nor did I comment on LA’s ability to afford the team. I only said that it was disingenuous for the writer not to mention that Filner is a Democrat. It is simply the writer injecting his own political bias into the article which I find unprofessional. I think you need to brush up on some reading comprehension homework because you clearly missed what I was saying.

  16. aldavisisalive says: Jul 28, 2013 10:18 PM

    The Chargers are starting to look worse than the NFL strike teams in 1987. Any of those scab teams such as The Los Angeles Shams, Washington Scabskins, San Francisco Phoney Niners, Seattle SeaScabs and the Chicago Spare Bears could kick the San Diego Chokers butt with the 40 or more second string at best, washed up or over the hill players they have on their roster going into this season not to mention the worst group of running backs they have or ever will have along with a QB who is slower and less physical and is getting worse by the minute for the past two unforgettable seasons! The Spanos family is starting to show their true colors which is that of a well oiled money making machine who has conned and lied to the Charger fans and has bullied the City of San Diego for years. Their going to move anyways so I really don’t give a rat’s ass along with tens of thousands of past Charger fans. We would be better off getting an expansion team who would stand a better chance of making the playoffs in a couple of years than the Charge less Chargers would anyways who have made some of the worst coaching changes, player trades and roster moves of any other team in the past 20 years!

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