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Changing Of The Guard? A New Special Counsel Hired By Dean Spanos

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Pointyearedog, Feb 8, 2016.

  1. Pointyearedog

    Pointyearedog I only put idiots on ignore...

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    Chargers hire special adviser for prospective ballot measure for new stadium
    Posted: Feb 08, 2016 4:34 PM PSTUpdated: Feb 08, 2016 5:50 PM PST

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos met with San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and county Supervisor Ron Roberts Monday, just a couple hours after announcing the hiring of a longtime civic leader to push a stadium project forward.

    Fred Maas will serve as a special adviser for a prospective ballot measure, according to the Chargers.

    Maas used to be chairman and CEO of the Centre City Development Corp. -- the city's former downtown redevelopment arm, and his appointment could be seen as a preference by team officials for a downtown stadium.

    Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos said in a video posted on the team's website that such speculation wasn't necessarily accurate, and that Maas would also provide input on Mission Valley adjacent to Qualcomm Stadium -- a location being offered by city and county.

    "I want somebody who's objective and is going to look at both sites ... and we have to look at it from a financial perspective and what are the chances that the public's going to support one of these projects and give us the best chance to get a stadium," Spanos said. "He's going to be looking at all that and advising me."

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    After the team's bid to move to Carson, in Los Angeles County, was rejected by fellow National Football League owners, Spanos said he would try one more time to build a stadium in San Diego.

    A statement from the Chargers said Maas will advise Spanos and the Chargers on "the citizen's initiative process, including the exploration of possible stadium financing plans that would be publicly acceptable, the drafting of the initiative document, and the creation of the campaign infrastructure necessary to give the citizens' initiative the best possible chance of success. Mr. Maas will be working closely with an established team of legal, financial and land use advisers."

    Special counsel Mark Fabiani, a lightning rod for public criticism of the Chargers, confirmed that he will remain involved in the stadium effort, but in more of a background role.

    Spanos also said he's hiring a legal team to draft an initiative and a land-use team to develop a site.

    Maas is currently president and managing director of MRV Systems LLC, a manufacturer of marine robotic vehicles for the oceanographic, intelligence and defense industries. He is also the founder and CEO of Pacific EcoCompanies LLC, an investment and advisory firm focused on clean technologies and sustainable development.


    Pointy (News Scout & wannabe cub reporter) ;)
     
  2. Lawyers guns & money

    Lawyers guns & money BoltTalker

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    It does now look like Dean is trying to get something done in San Diego for the first time in 14 years of trying
     
  3. Kwak

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    He lost the race in LA and does not want to be Kroenke's prison girlfriend in the new stadium, so I would say he is motivated.

    I just want them to get something done.

    For attracting Super Bowls and other events, the downtown site is the better option.
     
  4. HollywoodLeo

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    Let's not rule out LA just because the vote wasn't what was ideal for Spanos.

    What he's doing now is what makes the most business sense.

    The NFL gave him until next January to make an official decision so unless Kronke offered some kind of sweetheart deal (which obviously wouldn't happen) it'd be foolish of him to rush to LA now when he can leverage LA one last time against San Diego and see which of the two deals he fishes out is the best.

    In other words, it's not simply a question of whether or not he gets a stadium deal out of San Diego. It's a question of whether or not any stadium deal he gets out of San Diego is better for him than whatever offer it is Kronke has on the table for him, and the LA market (albeit shared) that comes along with it.
     
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  5. ChargerMike

    ChargerMike BoltBruthaFromAnuthMutha

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    Time to suck it up. tmp_8773-FB_IMG_1455183162944-2096225868.jpg
     
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  6. House of Hayne

    House of Hayne Chargers Smash

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    Downtown is the worst place. No parking and traffic would be a nightmare. Plus the hoteliers won't let it happen. They want a expanded convention center not a combo center. Mission valley is all set for a new stadium. Parking and freeway access. Less money to spend too!
     
  7. Pointyearedog

    Pointyearedog I only put idiots on ignore...

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    The vaseline is in his coat pocket, no doubt.
     
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