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Chargers refute Aguirre's claims

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Oct 18, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/sddt/20051018/lo_sddt/chargersrefuteaguirresclaims" target="_blank">San Diego Daily Transcript</a>

    Upset with a press conference held Friday by City Attorney Michael Aguirre, the San Diego Chargers responded with a fact sheet Monday, documenting what they claim are at least 10 inaccuracies Aguirre made.

    "It's just astonishing to us how many factual mistakes and outright misstatements that he managed to jam into a half-hour press conference," said Chargers spokesman Mark Fabiani. "We felt it was important for us to correct the record. If we didn't, some of the misstatements might live on and people might believe them."

    Aguirre was in closed-door meetings Monday and was unable to return phone calls for comment.

    Fabiani said Aguirre's comments seemed designed to create a negative public picture of the Chargers.

    "I understand some people agree with the project and some don't agree," said Fabiani, referring to the Chargers' desire to build a new stadium with adjoining developments. "We're eager to debate the merits of the project with people. But what's so troubling is these statements have no basis in fact."

    Among the most bothersome aspects, according to Fabiani, are Aguirre's claim that the ticket guarantee still exists; the implication the Chargers are breaking their lease by not putting a measure on the June 2006 ballot; the suggestion that the city's only role would be to simply transfer the 60 acres of land; and the claim that San Diego's current fiscal trouble should not deter the search for a development partner.

    "To tell the public that the ticket guarantee still exits is misleading," said Fabiani, citing an amendment eliminating the unpopular ticket guarantee reached in August 2004.

    "Everybody knows the public doesn't like the guarantee and everyone was happy when it was taken off."

    The Chargers, whose much-publicized difficulty in finding a development partner has spurred the recent friction with the city attorney, is aiming to get a measure on the November 2006 ballot.

    "If we miss the ballot deadline, we'll start again to prepare for an election in 2007 or 2008," Fabiani said.

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