The San Diego City Council is set Tuesday to decide whether to spend $2.1 million on planning for a new
The money would fund a hurry-up environmental impact report on a possible replacement for
City leaders want an environmental impact report to be completed in time for a public vote in December or January on a financing plan for a new stadium. Mayor
Mark Fabiani, the Chargers counsel on stadium matters, said it is impossible to develop a legally-valid environmental impact report on such short notice.
"The Chargers will have no part in the city's misbegotten, doomed legal strategy," Fabiani said. "And if the Chargers aren't participating, why are some politicians proposing to waste the taxpayers' money?"
To the dismay of Faulconer and others, the Chargers and the
The Chargers have broken off negotiations with the mayor over a proposed new stadium.
Faulconer has urged the council to approve the $2.1 million as a way to convince the NFL that San Diego, after a decade of inaction, is serious about building a replacement for aging Qualcomm.
A report to the council Monday by the city's independent budget analyst said that if the money is approved, a final environmental impact report could be finished by the end of September.
But Fabiani notes that an environmental impact report for AEG's Farmers Field took 17 months, and even the San Diego city attorney has warned that such a report could take a year or more.