In June 2002, the L.A. Times’ Tony Perry wrote that San Diego seemed like it was “rising to the challenge of preventing the Chargers football team from moving to Los Angeles.”
The big development was that Mayor Dick Murphy had formed a task force “to ponder how the city can keep the NFL team without unduly raiding the civic treasury.”
Twelve years and a much-hyped first speech from Mayor Kevin Faulconer later, and that was the big news again: Faulconer is forming a new task force to, well, ponder how the city can keep the NFL team without unduly raiding the civic treasury.
Perry’s words work fine, no need to strain myself to come up with new ones.
Here are Faulconer’s:
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Yikes, this is one issue that has been studied repeatedly. . . The answer is a joint effort by City, County, Port, Chargers and NFL - just get it done!
That new task force has the easiest job in the world. All they would have to do is turn to page one of the old report:
"The Task Force recommends that the City and Chargers focus on negotiating an agreement
leasing the 166-acre stadium site to the Chargers. The Chargers would pay 100 percent of the
costs of constructing a new stadium. The lease also would require the Chargers to construct a
riverfront park and an active recreation park as set forth in the Mission Valley Community Plan.
The Chargers could seek additional entitlements to develop portions of the site for commercial
and/or housing uses. Any new tax revenues generated from this new development could be used
for payment of infrastructure, the parks and existing bond debt.
The Task Force believes the negotiating principles in the Final Report represent fiscally
conservative guidelines that (1) protect taxpayers, (2) provide the Chargers an opportunity to
construct a new stadium, and (3) create the potential for two parks on the site."
And the first thing Fabiani did was not only whine about another task force, but he really whined about Steve Cushman being on that task force.
Just what did you expect the mayor to do, Scott, write a personal check to Dean Spanos? One thing I wish he’d done was to lay down a non-negotiable marker, that any public funding for a new stadium must be on a county wide basis, period. That might shut up the smug, over-age-in-grade Ron Roberts, who had the chutzpah to praise Faulconer’s “leadership”.
@Bill Bradshaw Maybe I'm being naive but I think it's pretty clear what the choices are. There are a few visions for the stadium on the table, pick them. Or tell them it ain't going to work. I wish he'd express a preference. I think he's decided it's not politically palatable to support a stadium with the demands the Chargers have. I understand the choice he's making not to just confront that but that doesn't mean I like it.
Faulconer's ticket to office has been and will be that he is likeable and inoffensive. He has to play from his strength.
Why don't we just say "No" to a new stadium unless it is fully paid for by private funding?? It would be quite an expensive luxury while the city of San Diego can't even fix its streets or bury its utilities.
I'm going to bet that the end of that original task force, never did they ever recommend "Make another Task Force in 14 tears" =)
In football parlance, the mayor "punted". He may want to put a task force together, but the Chargers will have their own timeline. Whether the two mesh remains to be seen.
It was refreshing to hear that the group would be formed within the month, and that a recommendation would come by the fall, with the final word coming from the voters. That's sounds to me like the Mayor is very serious about getting this issue resolved.
@madathe yes, but I think there's a very real chance that he will neither support or oppose the recommendation. He may just shuffle it onto the ballot without comment. I don't think the task force will come up with anything we haven't already heard. He could indicate his preference much sooner.
He is leading from behind, not usually seen in the GOP playbook but part of the persona that got Faulconer elected.
@David Cohen I like this strategy with regards to a new stadium. Now I just hope Inglewood's June ballot measure passes and the Chargers move north after the 2015 season to share a stadium with the Rams.