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Mayor announces task force to build new Chargers stadium

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SAN DIEGO (KUSI) - Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced his new stadium task force, the Citizen's Stadium Advisory Group, today. It will be responsible for choosing a location for the new Chargers stadium, as well as coming up with a plan to pay for it.

Seven of the nine member group were introduced to the media this morning outside of Petco Park, near where the Chargers want a stadium.

The mayor chose Petco Park for the announcement because it created a building boom in the East Village that benefited the city, the taxpayers, and the San Diego Padres. Mayor Faulconer indicated that a similar economic boost might be replicated with the construction of a new football stadium, if the new advisory group can come up with the right plan.

"A plan is when somebody tells us this is where it's going to go, this is how we're going to build it, and most importantly this is how its going to be paid for. As we look at this beautiful park behind us we came together, we made it work, we had a financial plan that makes sense, that's exactly what we're gonna do for the Chargers," said Mayor Faulconer.

Any plan will have to include public dollars which means that two thirds of city voters have to approve it. No easy task in a tax averse electorate.

At the moment that does not concern the task force. Their job is to craft a financing plan and choose a location.

Two of the group's nine members could not make the morning news conference; Doug Barnhart who built Petco Park, and Walt Ekard the former Chief Administrator of the County. The list of members have been kept secret, but earlier this week it was learned that Jim Steeg, a former NFL executive was part of the group.

"This group is a very diverse group that comes from all walks of life, public service, land use, business, finance and sports. But above all else we're San Diegans," said Steeg.

The group also includes Adam Day, a Cal State Trustee and Assistant Tribal Manager of Sycuan.

"Our one common interest is solving this question before us, and we are independent, independent of the Mayor and city, independent of the Chargers, and independent of any interest group" said Day.

Another member, Amy Faucett, the chief operating officer of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce said "it would be easy not to take on the stadium issue but it wouldn't be right. The Chargers belong in San Diego."

Other members include Rod Dammeyer, a private equity investor, Jason Hughes, a commercial real estate executive, Jessie Knight, executive vice president of Sempra Energy, and Mary Lydon of the Urban Land Institute.

The Chargers are not represented but there will be interaction with the team.

"The Chargers will be part of presenting to this group, and giving them their ideas so we can come up with the best plan," announced Mayor Faulconer.

The Chargers have remained committed to finding a solution in San Diego for 13 years. In a written statement they said, "We will be happy to share with the Mayor's new task force the nine different proposals the Chargers have made over the years. We will be pleased to evaluate any other ideas generated by this latest task force."

The public will have a chance to weigh in on the group's conclusions and recommendations before it goes to the ballot in 2016 for a citywide vote.

If you have any additional input or ideas regarding a new Charger stadium please email StadiumInput@sandiego.gov.

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