San Diego’s stadium saga took yet another turn Thursday, when city and county officials announced that they are joining forces in the effort to get a new stadium built in San Diego.
The two entities have teamed up and will split the costs to bring in consultants, advisers and lawyers to help negotiate a stadium deal with the Chargers.
Here’s what you need to know:
**Splitsies: The city and county will each pay half of the consultant costs, which look to be pricey. “We are putting together a major league negotiation team,” said City Attorney Jan Goldsmith at a press conference Thursday. “We will retain a legal firm nationally recognized for its experience with stadiums and, particularly, the NFL.”
**Fair, fair, fair: That was the word of the day at the press conference, with both city and county officials emphasizing that the proposal will “make sense for taxpayers” and will still require a public vote (although likely not a two-thirds vote, according to Mayor Kevin Faulconer). County Supervisor Dianne Jacob said that although she is a “longtime season ticket holder,” she will not support anything that is not a good deal for taxpayers or that will jeopardize county finances.
“I have to look at this as a business decision first, ” Jacob said.
**Groups on groups on groups: Faulconer stressed that the Citizens’ Stadium Advisory Group will still maintain their presence in this effort, and that the new consultants will vet CSAG’s suggestions and advise on their plan.
**MV fo’ real: Even with the partnership and the new consultants, the focus will remain solely on the Mission Valley site and not downtown or anywhere else in San Diego, Faulconer said.
**No “I” in team (but “I” does rhyme with “bye”): The Mayor said that the city maintains “productive” communication with the Chargers, who continue to push forward with a stadium in Carson (to be possibly shared with the Oakland Raiders).
**Woohoo: The vibe at the press conference was confident, positive and optimistic. (Though, it would have been weird if it weren’t. Cuz, you know … press conferences.)
The Mayor’s office is expected to present the stadium financing plan to the Chargers by May 20.