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Chargers Measure C gets endorsement from Mayor

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SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego Chargers' stadium convention center annex proposal has scored a major endorsement, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune Monday. 

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer told the newspaper he had come to support the initiative known as Measure C on the Nov. 8 ballot after Chargers executives agreed to cover any cost overrides related to the construction or land purchases, guaranteed that the city's general fund would not be used and, among other concessions, turn over to the city revenue generated from non-NFL events.

The team would also repay the city preliminary costs if they relocate before construction begins, and include a pledge to remain in San Diego until
the project's initial debt was paid off.

The Chargers have sought to replace Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley for years. In January, NFL owners rejected plans to build a joint facility with the Oakland Raiders in Carson, after which team owner Dean Spanos said he would give San Diego another try, although if local efforts fall through, the Chargers and the Los Angeles Rams would share a future stadium in Inglewood.

Faulconer and other local officials had initially offered to build a replacement on the Qualcomm Stadium site, but the team rejected the plan.
Faulconer told the Union-Tribune the concessions make Measure C more of an acceptable compromise.

"This was not my plan, but I saw an opportunity to make it better,'' he told the newspaper. "It's no secret that I had concerns and it's also no secret that I thought it was important to get financial protections. These safeguards obviously strengthen this measure and strengthen things moving forward in the future."

Chatter increased late last week that, after several months on the sideline, Faulconer would lend his support to Measure C after reaching agreements with the Chargers on several issues.

Jerry Sanders, President and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce — and vocal supporter of Measure C — praised Mayor Faulconer for endorsing the initiative in a statement released Monday:

“Mayor Faulconer and his team carefully examined the initiative from every angle, weighing the opportunities and challenges for San Diego residents, businesses, and government. The safeguards he negotiated will provide the protections our city needs so we can continue to create jobs and grow our economy.

The Mayor and I both want what is best for San Diego. In this plan for a multi-use sports and convention complex, our community can accomplish two things: keep our NFL team in town, and drive progress in the East Village, Downtown, and the entire San Diego region.

Mayor Faulconer’s support of the Chargers Initiative is a strong endorsement of the plan. The Chamber is proud to stand with him on this important decision.”

Opponents to Measure C plan to hold a press conference Monday afternoon showcasing how the stadium would obstruct views of the Central Library and the Coronado Bay Bridge. Opponents will also present financial data for Measure C. 

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