Bill could fast-track new Chargers stadium

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A state measure that could put a proposed downtown
stadium for the Chargers on a faster track was signed Monday by Gov. Jerry

AB 900 will allow certain large construction projects, including a new
home for San Diego's football team, to have faster judicial reviews of
environmental issues. In return, the projects are expected to be
environmentally friendly and create jobs.

The bill was introduced following a similar piece of legislation that
focused solely on the proposed Farmers Field in downtown Los Angeles. Brown
signed that one, too.

AB 900 will cover the new Chargers facility, a future expansion of the
San Diego Convention Center and a new stadium in Santa Clara for the San
Francisco 49ers.

San Diego officials believe the new ordinances will limit lawsuits aimed
at stopping stadium construction.

“I'm gratified that San Diego's stadium project will be given the same
consideration as LA's project,” Mayor Jerry Sanders said in a statement. “Not
only will AB 900 help our efforts to build a new stadium here, but it will
accelerate other public works efforts in the San Diego region, which will
provide much needed jobs.”

For about a decade the owners of the Chargers have pushed for a facility
to replace aging Qualcomm Stadium, which the NFL says does not meet its
standards for hosting a Super Bowl.

The process has been delayed by difficulties in finding a suitable
location and the poor economy.

Team and city officials are now studying a site in the East Village,
near Petco Park, and trying to put together a financing package.

The Chargers are considered a top candidate to move to Farmers Field —
if it is actually built — in case construction does not move forward on a new
San Diego stadium.

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