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Measure C: The push for a new stadium

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SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The Chargers have been pushing the benefits to the city about a downtown stadium as part of the team's effort to sell it to voters.

On Monday, Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos was joined by the mayor to push another benefit: a business incubator that's part of the project to attract and grow business downtown.

This is the first time the mayor and Dean Spanos appeared together in support of Measure C, the stadium initiative.

In partnering with the Chargers, San Diego Connect created "Connect All," an initiative to bridge the gap between under represented groups and startups. 

"We believe it is critical to infuse diversity in the companies at their inception starting with company founders and their teams," said H. Puentes of "Connect All."

"Connect All" has three main goals: outreach and education, recruitment and engagement and delivering premier programming and mentoring to startups.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer couldn't be more supportive.

"I think it makes sense and strengthens the connections within our community, and it helps to capture the spirit of downtown, the spirit of San Diego, and the enterprising spirit of all San Diegans," he said.

The mayor came late to this party, endorsing the Chargers downtown stadium just a week ago after getting assurances the plan will not need taxpayer support.

And having a business incubator in the project is keeping with the mayor's goal of fostering an innovation economy.

"There's nothing more important to San Diego than bringing together entertainment, sports and innovation all in one place," Mayor Faulconer said. " ... And I very much appreciate the fact that the Chargers have welcomed innovation economy into this plan. This is indeed very exciting."

Spanos needs the mayor's support because the mayor can draw much needed votes to the project.

"When we made the decision to come downtown and crafted Measure C, it was exactly this kind of out of the box thinking and innovation that we hope would be attracted to this new and exciting facility," Spanos said.

And it builds on the message that this is more than a football stadium.

"This building is so much more than a convention center and 10-day-a-year Chargers stadium, that will be a magnet for innovation, art, entertainment, and a home for new businesses and conventions downtown," Spanos added.

Former Chargers player Luis Castillo saw the struggles his mother experienced in building a small business, which is one reason he joined "Connect All" as a board member.

"I cannot wait to welcome the first entrepreneurs to their new home in our city's new stadium," he said.

The Chargers would like the mayor to become actively, and fully involved in the campaign. That has yet to be determined.

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