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Stadium Watch: Chargers signature drive

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SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The Chargers signature drive for a stadium, Convention Center ballot initiative will hit the streets this Saturday at 13th and K Street, the site of the proposed complex.

This is the Chargers last hope for getting a new stadium in San Diego and the team is bringing in the big guns for the event.

This initiative is so important to the team and the NFL, that the kickoff event will include Commissioner Roger Goodell, Dean Spanos, Ladanian Tomlinson and Phillip Rivers. There will be live music and food for the thousands likely to attend.

The statement of reasons for the initiative are: to expand the city's ability to host a wider range of convention, civic, sports and entertainment events, including professional football, which are to be paid for by a 6 percent increase and the hotel tax paid by visitors.

The initiative claims it will provide economic development opportunities, including new construction and permanent jobs, new conventions, increased tourism and economic activity and new business for hotels.

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It expressly prohibits the payment of any costs by the city, including cost overruns for the stadium.

This ballot measure is 119 pages and is called "San Diego Integrated Convention Center Expansion/Stadium and Tourism Initiative."

Hundreds of petition books are being printed for voters to sign and they are signing the entire initiative, not just a summary.

Signature gatherers will be carefully trained about what to say and what not to say to avoid what happened during a signature drive for the competing Citizens' Plan for San Diego, where some were selling it as a stadium plan when it was not.

The Chargers are urging San Diegans to attend the kickoff to learn more about the initiative, they can even register to vote.

67 thousand valid signatures from citizens from the City of San Diego are needed to qualify for the November ballot and they need them by June 10.

Signing the petition doesn't mean you're voting for a stadium and convention center space. The signatures are required to give you the opportunity to vote for or against this project in November.

Related Link: Chargers Stadium Initiative

Mayor Kevin Faulconer raised some concerns in a letter he sent to Dean Spanos over the weekend about unforseen financial circumstances that may put taxpayers on the hook as this moves forward.

Again, backers of the initiative said it expressly states there is an absolute prohibition of any impact on the city's general fund.

While the mayor's office has not brought the competing Cory Briggs's, "Citizens Plan for San Diego," it has questions yet to be answered before the mayor weights in on the Chargers plan.

Answered or not, the Chargers will start collecting signatures on Saturday.

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