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City officials discuss future of Chargers in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO (KUSI) - San Diego city and county officials met for three hours Tuesday with executives from the National Football League with a presentation of a proposed Mission Valley stadium.

In a news conference after the meeting, Mayor Kevin Faulconer said they discussed a variety of topics, including the expedited environmental study being conducted, a financing plan, the local economy and market conditions.

"We emphasized that San Diego is completing a full-blown environmental impact report, thoroughly drafted to the highest standards, prepared by dozens of top-notch environmental planners following a process that is supported by the foremost experts in California environmental law,'' Faulconer said. "The environmental report is on schedule.''

According to the mayor, the first draft of the EIR is due to be released Aug. 10. He said the plan is to get the document approved by the City Council in October so the public can vote on a stadium plan in January.

The Chargers have been asking for a new stadium for almost 15 years and purchased land in Carson to build a new facility when word of the St. Louis Rams plans to build a stadium in Inglewood surfaced.

The city of San Diego responded with a concept for a 65,000-set facility that would be built right next to Qualcomm Stadium.

Chargers' spokesman, Mark Fabiani, said the Chargers are opposed to the city's plan because they don't think an EIR can be done quickly without legal problems. 

NFL Vice President Eric Grubman told The Mighty 1090 Radio that since the proposal is in a conceptual stage, there were no negotiations. He is in charge of the NFL efforts to return a team to the potentially lucrative Los Angeles market.

"I believe that all the teams looking at this are being very thorough in their own markets, and very thorough with respect to their alternatives,'' Grubman said.

"And whether or not anybody brings a proposal forth for relocation, I think depends on variables which are still open, and the key variable is what's going to happen in the home markets,'' Grubman said.

One of those in the meeting was Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, who was there to show support from the state level, according to Faulconer.

"We want the Chargers to stay in San Diego if the right agreement can be reached,'' Atkins said. "As I have said before, if an agreement is reached, I am committed to making sure San Diego can benefit from state legislation that is consistent with what other cities have received for their sports facilities.''

The stadium would not only host Chargers games, but San Diego State University contests, the Holiday and Poinsettia bowls, high school championships and special events.

Last month, Faulconer spoke by phone with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about the city's efforts to keep the Chargers, and a delegation representing the city and county met with NFL executives.


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