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.