The plan to build a $1.7-billion stadium for the
Organizers of the petition drive, bankrolled by the Chargers and Raiders, originally expected it to last until mid-April. Instead, they needed just eight days.
"The signature-gathering effort, which moved forward at an unusually rapid pace, revealed an extremely high level of support for the stadium project in Carson," said Mark Fabiani, point man on stadium issues for the Chargers.
The signatures, about twice as many needed to qualify the initiative for a public vote or consideration by the Carson City Council, continued the quickening pace of the competition to return the
A rival stadium project in Inglewood, backed by
The initiative process allows zoning changes for the stadiums to bypass lengthy and expensive environmental review.
The Carson proposal, on the site of a former landfill next to the 405 Freeway, will follow the same bureaucratic path as Inglewood's. The L.A. County registrar's office has 30 business days to certify that the collected signatures are from among the more than 46,000 registered voters in Carson. Organizers need signatures from 15% of registered voters -- 8,041 for Carson -- to put the initiative on the ballot this year.
After certification, the City Council can vote to adopt the initiative or schedule a election to let voters decide within the next three or four months.
In Inglewood, the process from submission of the signatures to approval of the initiative took about a month.
The Carson City Council is set on Monday to order environmental, fiscal and land-use analyses of the privately financed stadium proposal, to be completed by April 21. While the city will hire its own experts, up to $150,000 of the cost to produce the reports will be paid by the Chargers and Raiders.
If the signatures are verified in time and Carson follows Inglewood's example, City Council members could approve the plan as soon as those reports are presented.
The deal for the Chargers to purchase the 168-acre stadium site is scheduled to close at the end of the month.
Times staff writer Tim Logan contributed to this report.