If you’ve seen the commercials for Measure C, the Chargers’ plan to build a convadium, the pitch to voters is that it’s “about more than football”: Former Mayor Jerry Sanders says the stadium will bring jobs and civic pride with it, too.
But the pitch the Chargers are making to city leaders behind closed doors is a little different: The Chargers “have made it a kind of loyalty test – a plea that San Diego leaders show their support for the football team,” writes Scott Lewis.
Even if the measure doesn’t garner two-thirds of voter support, which it might need to pass, Chargers owner Dean Spanos sounds like he’ll assess the amount of votes for a future decision about whether to pack up for L.A. (There’s a small chance that if the measure gets more than 50 percent of the vote, but not two thirds, it could become law.)
Many prominent groups and individuals, however, have decided to oppose C. The verdict is still out, though, on Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who has weighed in on a few state proposals but has been unwilling or unable to make a decision on something that “would have long-term, extraordinary consequences on the city he manages.”
• One of those prominent voices who has made a decision against Measure C is architect Rob Quigley, the man behind San Diego’s renowned Central Library.
In a new commentary for us, Quigley lays out his case: “NFL stadiums, unlike baseball parks, simply are not physically or functionally compatible with a city’s urban core. Even the city of Phoenix refused to put one next to its baseball park downtown. So did San Francisco. And no city has ever proposed locating a NFL stadium directly adjacent to its central library.”