Team spokesman says a December 2015 vote would not be possible in a “legally defensible manner.”
The mayor and co. made a bold move in announcing they could, if the Chargers wanted, call a special election on the stadium issue for Dec. 15. But let’s be clear: They don’t want to have a vote in December. They merely said they could do it.
Ahead of negotiations between the team and local governments Monday, the Lincoln Club of San Diego County, a conservative group that counts Mayor Kevin Faulconer as an ally, seems to have offended the Chargers.
In newly released emails sent by Jan Goldsmith to the Chargers and the mayor’s office, the city attorney sought to control expectations around the stadium task force and freeze out the media.
The emails demonstrate the city attorney was nervous about the media attention the mayor’s task force and Chargers were getting.
A bill to increase the minimum wage to $13 per hour statewide by 2017 passed the State Senate and may make San Diego’s fight over $11.50 meaningless. At the same time, it’s unclear how enthusiastic the opposition to $11.50 per hour is here as other cities go much higher.
The city attorney dropped something so hot on the Chargers and mayor that he won’t let us see it. And the mayor’s allies are trying to prove the Chargers do not have logical, good-faith expectations but that we can meet them anyway.
Ryan Clumpner, head of the conservative Lincoln Club, says he might not jump in the minimum wage fight, and reveals what he’d prefer the city invest money in other than a stadium in a special one-hour podcast.
The task force gave the mayor an escape hatch to abandon his pledge to hold a public vote on a new stadium. But Mayor Kevin Faulconer says a vote is still the plan. So now what?
Combined with the mayor’s commitment to hold a public vote, the necessary zoning change to make money off a Mission Valley land sale would take too long to meet the Chargers’ absurd demands and deadlines. Perhaps they weren’t meant to be met.
At the heart of the controversy swirling around Supervisor Dave Roberts is a car allowance. It will benefit him for many years to come even if he doesn’t survive the scandal.