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Stadium Watch: Chargers initiative moves forward

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SAN DIEGO (KUSI) - The Chargers initiative for a stadium with Convention Center space is moving forward.

The official publication of the document the voters will sign was published in the newspaper over the weekend.

Publication in the Union Tribune is required and a copy of the initiative must be filed within 10 days with the city clerk. 

The Chargers need 67 thousand valid signatures to put the initiative on the November ballot. To assure they get enough valid signatures, the goal is to collect 100 thousand.

The team has to wait 21 days before the signature drive can begin. It will start the last week on April.

The time frame for gathering signatures is short. To get on the November ballot, the signatures have to be collected by mid June and verified by mid July.

Once that happens, the initiative is sent to the city council to adopt it or reject it. Either way, it will go to the voters.

If voters in the city approve it, the team is committed to San Diego for the next 30 years. And it comes at no cost to city residents.

"If you live in the city of San Diego and you don't stay in a hotel, you won't pay one dime for this facility," said Fred Maas.

The initiative calls for increasing the hotel tax to 16.5 percent to cover the $1.5 billion for a convention annex and a stadium.

$6 million for convention annex, $350 million for a stadium and $200 million for land, including the bus yards relocation.

But the actual cost of the stadium has yet to be determined, as does the Chargers annual rent.

The team will be responsible for cost overruns after the team and a stadium authority agree on which costs and revenues go to the stadium and which go to the Convention Center.

A recent poll show 54 percent favor the Chargers plan, but the poll surveyed adults in the city, not likely voters.

The mayor hasn't taken a position on the plan yet. He will analyze its viability over the next several weeks.

"Having a plan that has a stadium and a Convention Center intertwined, we have to make sure that we understand all of the elements of it for the short term and the long term," Mayor Faulconer said.

We know the hoteliers oppose it and several council members have panned it, but didn't actually oppose it.

The Chargers are pursuing a two-thirds vote, a huge hurdle in a tax averse city.

Another hurdle is a competing initiative, the citizens plan for San Diego that's backed up by Donna Frye and Attorney Cory Briggs.

It also increases the hotel tax and creates a path for a stadium.

Frye says it will be on the ballot.

The Briggs/Frye plan is to reform the management of the city's tourism related resources by a public vote. It authorizes but does not require a downtown stadium.

In fact, it prohibits public dollars for a stadium and bans expansion of the Convention Center at the Waterfront. 

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