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Anti-Chargers group aims to educate voters on stadium issue

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Anti-Chargers group aims to educate voters on stadium issue Anti-Chargers group aims to educate voters on stadium issue

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The first organized opposition to increasing taxes for a downtown stadium has sent out letters.

They hope to expand their effort and broaden the coalition.

It's called, "No downtown stadium - jobs and streets first." The group said the stadium is a bad deal for San Diego.

The group is raising money and it plans to launch a media relations and online advertising campaign.

The initial letters went to the Chamber of Commerce, the County Taxpayers Association and the Downtown Partnership asking for their support.

The group's mission is to educate the public about the stadium issue.

Accountant April Boling is the chair.

"The main thing why we're doing it now is because you have major organizations in San Diego that are going to be taking positions on the Chargers proposal," Boling said.

Boling said the effort is to counteract the millions of dollars the Chargers will spend on selling their stadium plan to the voters.

"You know they're gonna roll out football players and all kinds of folks like that and there's no way we are going to be able to compete financially with the Spanos family," Boling said.

The Chargers plan increases the hotel tax to 16.5 percent, one of the highest in the country. 

Boling said this stadium plan is bad for San Diego for a number of reasons, including hiking the hotel room tax to 16.5 percent.

"One could argue um, maybe that makes sense but to go to this kind of convention center annex thing, and a stadium doesn't make a lot of sense so it's not a good deal cause it's raising taxes,  it's not a good deal because the location is wrong there are better uses for that land," Boling said.

Other reasons include: 

  • It threatens Comic-Con and tourism jobs
  • Streets and schools are more important
  • Chargers plan is too risky

The East Village people are also against the plan, partly from an urban design perspective.

Architect Rob Quigley said this is the last available land in downtown.

"We don't want to see San Diego make a major mistake," Quigley said.

He also said the stadium is essentially a wall blocking views to downtown.

"Something that large is almost hard to imagine how large it is, three and a half blocks long, 400- 40 stories tall is the envelope they've given themselves," he added.

Urban planners favor more green space, connecting the village to Barrio Logan, Sherman Heights and downtown.

Other groups and organizations may join this effort when another study on this stadium issue comes out sometime next week. 

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