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Mayor's position on Chargers

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SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Mayor Kevin Faulconer said he will take a position on the Chargers Initiative in the coming weeks, well before the election.

Last week, the mayor endorsed several measures on the November ballot, but skipped over the Chargers Initiative and the alternative Citizens' Plan.

We've seen the Chargers stadium renderings and we've heard the arguments for and against the team's stadium proposal.

What many San Diegan's have not heard, until now, is where the mayor stands on the team's initiative.

After months of avoiding the issue, the mayor said he will take a position.

" ...  in fact later this week we'll be meeting with the Chargers to discuss their analysis in their study, a question and answer session and what I've said all along. To me it's important to have a clear understanding of the situation, not only now, but for the future," Mayor Faulconer said.

The Chargers confirmed the meeting will be this week and said they've been having regular meetings with the mayor's office.

The Chargers have always said the mayor's support is critical to get the initiative approved in November.

Even with the mayor's support, most would agree a two-thirds vote is unlikely. The latest USA poll showed only 39 percent of likely city voters would support the stadium, 36 percent were against and 25 percent were uncertain.

Chargers stadium point-man, Fred Maas, said last week their research has dictated their tactics and strategies, which are to focus on the 25 percent who can be persuaded.

"We've coded 620,000 people, virtually all the registered voters. We kind of know who they are, what their inclinations are. We intend to stay away from people who are against us and turn out the people who are for us and try to persuade the people who are persuadable," Maas said.

Even if they got all of those who haven't made up their minds, they're still three points shy of a two-thirds vote.

But the new Vikings stadium, where the Chargers played on Sunday, could sway voters. It got rave reviews from stadium goers and the game announcers.

Nearly half of local TV viewers were watching the game.

The mayor supported half of the local initiatives on the ballot, including Prop-K that wants to do away with winning the election in the primary.

He also opposes Prop-D, the alternative stadium plan which is the Citizens' Plan for San Diego.

The mayor didn't formally take a position on Prop-D, but did in so many words.  He deferred to the city attorney who said the Citizens' Plan is legally flawed.

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