The San Diego Registrar of Voters confirmed on Saturday that the Chargers were able to gather enough signatures to put their citizens’ initiative for a Downtown stadium/convention center on the November ballot in 2016.
Now, the fate of the “San Diego” Chargers will be in the hands of San Diego residents. If more than 1/3rd of the votes are against the team’s stadium plan, which would raise the TOT tax (on hotels and rental cars within city limits) to partially fund the construction of a new multi-purpose stadium downtown as well as non contiguous expansion of the San Diego Convention Center, then Dean Spanos will likely move his team to Los Angeles to share a stadium in Inglewood with the L.A. Rams.
The Chargers have already faced some fierce opposition to their ballot measure, most notably from local politicians such as Mayor Kevin Faulconer. Now, they’ll have to play the political game to get the voting public on their side. Last week, Scott Kaplan explained that the politics had just begun: