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Chargers, come on down

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Jan 13, 2006.

  1. robdog

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    Source: <a href="http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2006/01/13/opinion/editorials/20_11_461_12_06.txt" target="_blank">North County Times</a>

    By: North County Times - Editorial

    Our View: North County is a haven from San Diego's scandals

    In a bit of theater, the attorney representing the Chargers pro football team called a press conference this week to denounce San Diego's fiscal crisis and to announce the team was suspending its plans to build a new stadium complex in the heart of America's Hapless City.

    Best of all, the Chargers said they would begin looking for a home outside of the city of San Diego ---- but inside San Diego County.

    Chargers, let's do lunch.

    North County political and business leaders should immediately form a task force to open negotiations for a Chargers stadium up here in California's best place to live and work. We have the room and prime locations for a world-class sports facility.

    Several sites leap to mind.

    Developers may be able to squeeze a stadium, retail, office and condo complex onto the polo grounds near the Del Mar Fairgrounds. In Escondido, city leaders are pondering a new hospital in an industrial park being built near the intersections of Interstate 15 and Highway 78. There are also boundless redevelopment prospects in downtown Escondido around a city public works yard that is near the same intersection and at a terminus of the Sprinter light-rail project.

    Yet it is probably Oceanside that boasts the region's best potential site for a stadium complex. An old drive-in theater and junkyard occupy prime real estate along Highway 76 that sits within shouting distance of Interstate 5 and Highway 78. The spot is a short shuttle ride from Oceanside's transit center, which could pull in fans by rail from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles to Riverside to Tijuana.

    Having said that, we are disappointed that owners of the Chargers once again are threatening to leave town. Still, it's hard to blame them. Under the iron fist of public employee unions, San Diego's politicians have racked up nearly $2 billion in pension debts and somewhere around $1.3 billion in unfunded health care obligations to its city workers.

    The city is beyond broke, and Wall Street has cut up its credit cards. The Chargers say they can't find an investment partner that will do business amid such tumult, particularly with city leaders continuing to bicker and shift blame instead of working together to solve the fiscal crisis.

    And to be sure, North County politicians have made similarly lavish pension promises to municipal workers.

    But there is a key difference ---- we have been paying our bills. World-class companies can feel safe doing business in the paradise that lies north of San Diego.

    And what a spot this is for the Chargers, which are widely believed to be aiming for the sprawling Los Angeles market. A North County stadium would maintain a base for the franchise firmly within Chargers country even as it provided a prime launching pad for reaching fans in the fast-growing, lucrative territories of Orange, Riverside and Los Angeles counties.

    Under their lease, the Chargers must remain at Qualcomm Stadium until the end of the 2008 football season. That's right around the corner. Perhaps it is time to buy some land in North County and fire up the concrete trucks.
     

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