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SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Mayor Kevin Faulconer is being pressured to publicly state where he stands on the Chargers Stadium Initiative.

More than two dozen civic and business leaders have signed a letter to the mayor, urging him to oppose it.

Signatures on the letter include Qualcomm's Irwin Jacobs, hotel and hospitality industry, civic planners, urban design executives, and the County Taxpayers Association.

It said this is not about whether San Diego loves the Chargers, it's about whether Measure-C is a fiscally responsible initiative that protects taxpayers.

Four previous reports said it is too risky for taxpayers. Its costs will exceed revenues.

Funding to promote the city is not guaranteed and a convention/annex is opposed by major convention planners.

In other words, a hotel tax increase to 16.5 percent to pay for the stadium would threaten the city's tourism industry, our third largest revenue producer.

The letter was dated last Friday, the same day the Taxpayers Association and the Hotel Motel Association said they were unable to support the Chargers.

Last week, Mayor Faulconer said he would be taking a position on the initiative.

" I will be, and in fact later this week we'll be meeting with the chargers to discuss their analysis in their study," he said.

The following day, the Chargers began their TV campaign to sell their initiative to the voters. Featured in the ad was Jerry Sanders, President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce.

"I think we should all support prop c because its more than football, its about the future of the city, its about the vision, a grand vision for the city, and its about jobs and the economy," Sanders said.

The letter stated there is no political upside to supporting a tax increase for a billionaire team owner. But the Chargers will leave that to the voters.

"politics always plays a role, who actually runs the city, the voters or the elite, I think we'll see in November," said Dave Carney, the Chargers Marketing Advisor.

While the mayor supported several of the local measures on the November ballet, he bypassed the stadium measure. While the Chargers would welcome his support, they say the longer he waits, it diminishes its impact.

Mayor Faulconer has been on both sides of the tax issue. He opposed a mega-bond to fund infrastructure and opposes SANDAG'S increase in the sales tax.

But he supported a tax hike to expand the Convention Center at the Waterfront that the courts had tossed out as illegal and he promised $200 million of general fund money for his Mission Valley Stadium Plan.

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