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Next steps for the Chargers and a San Diego stadium deal

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SAN DIEGO (KUSI) - The Chargers announced Monday that Fred Maas will join their team.

Maas was former Mayor Jerry Sanders point man on stadium issues. He's a developer, a long-time proponent of a downtown site.   

The league has given the Chargers an extra $100 million towards a stadium in San Diego, and Commissioner Roger Goodell pledged to do everything possible to keep the team in San Diego.

"I think its great that Dean Spanos and his family said we want to make this work in San Diego, they have an incredibly attractive option in Los Angeles but they decided they're gonna go and try to make this work in San Diego." - Goodell

The discussions between the team and the city presents a problem for the mayor who has said, and continues to say, Mission Valley is the better site, saying it's quicker, less costly, and a stadium downtown with convention center space is not what conventioneers, or the hotel industry wants.   

They and the mayor support expanding the existing convention center.

Either site will have major environmental impacts. The initiative process is the only way to bypass those problems but it has to begin quickly because the draft initiative must go to the registrar of voters by March 24th.

Here's the timeline:

April 4 - The draft goes to the city clerk.
April 15 - Signature gathering begins to collect about 100,000 valid signatures.
June 10 - Those Signatures are verified by the city clerk, and certified.
June 15 - The certification is sent to the city council which can either adopt the initiative or do nothing, meaning it goes forward.

The last day to put this on the ballot is August 12th. After March 24th legally there can be no further discussions between the city and team because the city can have no input in a citizens initiative.

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