SAN DIEGO (KUSI) - The Chargers stadium plan was released this week and was roundly criticized by the hospitality industry which favors expanding the Convention Center at the Waterfront.
The Chargers plan is a stadium with Convention Center space in the East Village.
The expansion site will likely be the one Mayor Kevin Faulconer supports.
We waited 14 years to get a stadium plan, now all of a sudden, we have three of them as we approach a critical vote in November.
Actually, the Chargers plan has brought up a number of issues for the mayor to address but on expansion he's not yet ready to commit.
He doesn't really have to right now, the Chargers plan is going to the November ballot and that fulfills his promise that there has to be a stadium vote.
"It's more than a stadium, it's also a convention center and so it's important that we look at through the lens of jobs, the economy and making sure that all the numbers are out, open and transparent. we'll do a full analysis on it," Mayor Faulconer said.
The stadium issue is about Convention Center space.
There's no pressing reason for the mayor to jump into the controversy between the Chargers and hoteliers over where convention space should be expanded.
But at some point, he will have to take a position on expansion because the Convention Center and tourism is the city's third largest money maker.
"We have to grow our tourism economy. We have to do it in a way that makes sense, that will keep conventions coming to San Diego, spending their money. Those are dollars we use to pave our roads, to hire more police, to keep our parks and libraries open," Faulconer said.
The stadium issue was in it's 14th year without a plan. Now all of a sudden, we have three plans: the Chargers plan, the Citizen's Initiative and the Mayor's Mission Valley plan. The best chance for keeping the team is to coalesce around one plan.
"I've said from the very beginning, it's important not only to keep the Chargers here, grow our Convention Center, our tourism economy and making sure we're bringing people together to do that," Faulconer said.
It's bringing people together. That's the missing element.