Chargers fans and many other San Diegans recently have heard a lot about a wonky campaign finance topic called the two-thirds voter threshold. It’s a statewide approval requirement that ballot measures need to meet when asking voters to increase their taxes to pay for something like a stadium.
A year ago, the Chargers said they would not participate in any “half-baked scheme” that attempts to avoid the two-thirds requirement. But now the team says it’s looking for ways to avoid that very requirement and supporting the so-called Citizens’ Plan created by environmental attorney Cory Briggs. That initiative claims to require only a simple majority rather than two-thirds voter approval. Saying something is true, however, doesn’t make it so.
At best, Briggs’ measure and the accompanying rhetoric are contradictory.
On one hand, he assures San Diegans that the money the measure would raise would be spent only on the Convention Center and not the stadium, and that we do not need to worry that these tax dollars would be siphoned off for other uses, as has happened in the past. If that were true, the measure would require the two-thirds majority. On the other hand, he says two-thirds is not needed because the measure does not guarantee funding. Which is it? It can’t be both, no matter how much the Chargers would like it to be.