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Necessary Signatures for New PLA-Built Chargers Stadium Turned Into City Clerk for Approval

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In San Diego, a total of 110,786 signatures were delivered to the Committee for Sports, Entertainment, and Tourism by those who wish to see the Chargers’ proposed plan for a new stadium make its way onto the November ballot.  The signatures must now be certified by Elizabeth Maland, the city clerk.  If approved by voters, the new stadium and convention center would be built under a Project Labor Agreement.

In a statement, Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos thanked those who made the signature drive possible, including the local Building and Construction Trades:

“On behalf of the entire San Diego Chargers organization, we want to thank every registered San Diego City voter who signed the petition.  We also want to thank representatives of organized labor – and particularly the unions of the Building Trades Council – for their significant help and support during this process. And we are grateful for the volunteer signature gathering work coordinated by the fan groups, including Save Our Bolts and the San Diego Stadium Coalition. The fan groups did a great job, as did the hundreds of other people who contacted us and volunteered to gather signatures.”

Most signature gathering efforts of this kind take six full months. We had just six weeks to complete our work,” Spanos continued. “The fact that we were able to collect more than 110,000 signatures in that short period of time demonstrates tremendous support in our community for a new, combined stadium-convention center expansion downtown.”

The plan faces opposition from Mayor Kevin Faulconer. He won reelection last week and wants the team to build a new stadium at its current site. With the signatures turned in, however, the Chargers organization has a new bargaining chip when approaching local leaders and politicians.  The Mighty 1090 AM explains that there are still questions about how the ballot initiative will work:

There is still some debate on whether the team would need their ballot measure to pass by way of majority or super-majority, and if there is enough support in San Diego to pull off either, but step one was to get in front of the voters and the Chargers have accomplished that.

The Chargers need 67,000 signatures to be verified (with no more than 43 duplicates discovered).  Earlier this year the Chargers threatened to leave town for Los Angeles before the NFL allowed the St. Louis franchise to relocate there. 


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