San Diego risks losing its chance to keep the
Eric Grubman met for 90 minutes behind closed doors with members of the city’s stadium advisory committee assigned by San Diego Mayor
Faulconer, and other city officials, have insisted that the public will get to vote on the financing plan even if it is not legally required. The logical time for such a vote is November 2016 when other citywide issues, including possibly a mayoral runoff, will be on the ballot.
But Grubman told reporters that that might be too late. The NFL is considering pushing up the schedule for voting on whether to allow any teams to relocate for the 2016 season, he said.
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The same is true in Inglewood where St. Louis Rams owner
San Diego officials appear unmovable on the issue of a public vote even if the financing plan does not require a tax increase, which, by law, must be approved by a two-thirds vote.
But Grubman, meeting with reporters, said that "to wait until the end of next year to get the vote it seems to me to be very risky."
Still, Adam Day, chairman of the mayor's advisory committee, called the meeting with Grubman a positive step toward keeping the Chargers in San Diego. The committee has promised to unveil a financing plan May 20.
The committee has said that the best location is the 166-acre, city-owned Qualcomm site in Mission Valley, although that choice has not won favor with Chargers ownership, which prefers a downtown site.