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Chargers hire consultant for ballot initiative

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The effort of the Chargers to get a new home has sparked plenty of contradictions. The team deemed Inglewood to be an unacceptable destination for an L.A. stadium until the owners picked it over Carson, and then the Chargers struck a tentative deal to play in the place they previously claimed to be unfit.

Now, as the Chargers embark on a last-ditch effort to remain in San Diego, they’re embracing a timeline the team decried as impractical a year ago.

To build a new stadium in the city the franchise has called home since 1961, a successful ballot effort and a successful environmental review process are critical. As to the former, the Chargers have hired a consultant to launch a citizens initiative intended to secure hundreds of millions in taxpayer money.

Fred Maas, whom the Chargers wanted the city to hire a year ago to spearhead the effort, has been hired by the Chargers, according to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

“The really encouraging thing is I believe to my very core Dean is committed to finding a solution in San Diego,” Maas told Acee.

Acee reports that the team plans to spend roughly $10 million in connection with the election, a process that commences with a citizens initiative.

“[Maas] has been around San Diego a long time,” Chargers owner Dean Spanos said in a video post on the team’s website Monday, via Acee. “He’s very familiar with all the political aspects of what goes on in the city, how all that works. His knowledge of San Diego as whole will help us.”

Securing public money is only part of the process. Environmental approvals — and specifically beating back any litigation — also are critical to the effort.

Regardless of whether it all gets done, last year the Chargers were pooh-poohing the prospect of getting it all done in a year. This year, they’re singing a much different tune.

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9 Responses to “Chargers hire consultant for ballot initiative”
  1. uglydingo says: Feb 8, 2016 11:52 PM

    I’d prefer the Chargers stayed in San Diego but the Spanos family doesn’t understand the concept of full privately funded stadiums. Taxpayers shouldn’t be expected to pay massive welfare to billionaires.

  2. DesertEagle76 says: Feb 9, 2016 1:34 AM

    Read: Spanos would be over his head in L.A.

    It’s okay though, keep the Chargers in San Diego and he can do just as good.

  3. intrafinesse says: Feb 9, 2016 8:06 AM

    I like seeing the owners rip off municipalities.
    Rather than PSLs I’d like to see a special tax on food to fully fund the stadium. Then everyone could really feel the impact of the stadiums cost. And make it an extravagant stadium, with a dome that opens, lots of luxury boxes, huge TVs, everything. Have it cost $2 Billion, and make the poor and middle class pay for it with a 10% tax on food.

    OR …

    Tell Spanos to take a hike. Tell him to deal with Kroenke, see if he can get a “fair deal” from him. Like a Zebra would get a fair deal from a hungry lion. I want to see Spanos plead for mercy as Kroenke takes him apart with a blow torch. Robs him blind. Spanos pays 50%, gets the left overs of the corporate sponsors, no extra revenue, from anything , not even parking.

  4. kane337 says: Feb 9, 2016 9:38 AM

    Get it done. Stay in San Diego.

  5. sindiegosage says: Feb 9, 2016 9:48 AM

    What people should understand is that the stadium is not for the Chargers ONLY. San Diego State football plays there. And two college bowl games. And international soccer matches. And concerts – like Beyonce’s booty will be there in May.

    It’s more than just Spanos’ playground. It can help define the city, too. Because if the Chargers go, then count on Comic-Con leaving, too.

    Does San Diego want to act like the 8th most populous city in the country or does it want to be another Santa Barbara?

  6. newencinitasnetwork says: Feb 9, 2016 10:00 AM

    Longtime fans shudder at Spanos’ decision-making past; Beathard over Ross, A.J. over Schottenheimer, last month’s dressing-down of the Charger’s brain-trust by the other 31 owners; when we see two of our team’s rivals, Elway and Manning turn things around in 2 years and become a juggernaut of defense, its difficult to trust, especially when Mike McCoy is so obviously in over-his-head! Especially when it is our money involved.

  7. NoHomeTeam says: Feb 9, 2016 1:04 PM

    sindiegosage says:

    What people should understand is that the stadium is not for the Chargers ONLY. San Diego State football plays there. And two college bowl games. And international soccer matches. And concerts – like Beyonce’s booty will be there in May.

    It’s more than just Spanos’ playground. It can help define the city, too. Because if the Chargers go, then count on Comic-Con leaving, too.

    ???
    How do you make that leap? Any resources not devoted to building a stadium could be put into expanding and improving the convention center, which would only help retain ComicCon.

  8. sindiegosage says: Feb 9, 2016 1:46 PM

    @NoHomeTeam

    San Diego would become a sleepy little beach town, with a minor league baseball team* and minor league hockey team. Nothing more, nothing less. It would surely lose Comic-Con to LA or Anaheim since they’ve already outgrown the existing convention center. The 10th Avenue Marine Terminal would be an ideal location for the stadium, which would almost create a contiguous expansion for the convention center. I believe that SD County would participate in the financials as well.

    * The Padres are technically a Major League Baseball team. But we all know they’re merely a farm team for the other 29 teams.

  9. mdintino1420 says: Feb 9, 2016 8:31 PM

    I don’t like the idea of a referendum. To me, the stadium should be approved by city officials only. However, if there is a referenmdum, we need to RISE UP AND APPROVE THIS MEASURE TO SAVE OUR BOLTS. You can bet your bottom dollar I will be VOTING YES.

    FIGHT SAN DIEGO! Let’s keep our Chargers here for the long term.

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