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County to hire consultants for courting the Chargers

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  1. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man New Member

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    Chargers | Oceanside will not likely court team
    Sun, 9 Jul 2006 19:41:57 -0700

    Michael Klitzing, of the North County Times, reports Oceanside will not likely initiate discussions with the San Diego Chargers about becoming a suburban suitor for the team. Councilmember Jack Feller said, "We've got enough on our plate right now. I'd hate to think that we'd undertake something like this if there's really no way to do it." The Oceanside City Council shelved a workshop to discuss the idea until at least this month, but Feller said he has not heard of anyone trying to revive those discussions.


    Chargers | Chula Vista councilman looking to bring team to area
    Sun, 9 Jul 2006 19:41:39 -0700

    Michael Klitzing, of the North County Times, reports Chula Vista councilman John McCann see the possibility of having an NFL team coming to the town that would bring the rapidly growing city "great attention" and "great opportunity." Chula Vista is the only local community to contact the San Diego Chargers to talk about a stadium. McCann favors a site on raw land near Otay Valley Regional Park adjacent to Route 125. It is expected that the team will visit potential sites in the city by the end of July. McCann said, "I think the benefits would include a raised profile for the city as well as a synergy with the Olympic Training Center and the new four-year university as well as new (tax increment) money for schools, firefighting and police."
     
  2. WonderSlug

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    If it can't be the MIssion Valley site, then the next viable location is Otay Mesa.
     
  3. Boltjolt

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    Oh god no

    Im hoping it stays where it is in the end.
     
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  4. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man New Member

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    I have a feeling it will be Mission Valley or bust.

    Even though Chula Vista could pull it off, I think Spanos wants Mission Valley.

    That pig is located perfectly right now.

    It gets no better.
     
  5. WonderSlug

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    If Spanos is telling the truth about wanting to stay in the San Diego area, he'd give any proposal to do such equal merit.

    That means giving the Otay site (the only other alternative) the same amount of consideration.

    Although I would prefer Mission Valley too, the Chargers in Otay is much better than the alternative if MV doesn't work out. :icon_mrgreen:
     
  6. Trumpet_Man

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    Oh I agree wholeheartedly 100%.

    Lets keep them here and if it is Chula Vista then so be it.

    My gut instincts are telling me Spanos wants Mission Valley at all costs and the Otay Mesa proposals are just a ruse.

    This is all gut talking here and not inside info or anything like that ......
     
  7. WonderSlug

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    I would prefer the MV site as well, as the infrastructure is already in place. Although, where would the Bolts play while the stadium is being built on the place of Qualcomm? When PetCo Park was being built, the Pads still had Qualcomm to play in.
     
  8. Trumpet_Man

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    I think they had considered demo'ing the Murph LAST so the team could use the field and then haulasss and build the stadium before the season starts....I think it can be done.....or I read a proposal along these veins of thought.
     
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    For one season the parking and access would be a nightmare but Fans will put up with the inconvenience.....look at the I-15 widening process...we have patience and a lot of herb to keep the state mellow. :icon_mrgreen:
     
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    From Voice of San Diego

    http://www.voiceofsandiego.com/arti...ationalcity.txt

    Chargers Set Meetings as National City Mulls Push
    By ANDREW DONOHUE Voice Staff Writer


    Thursday, July 13, 2006 | The Chargers have set follow-up meetings with two new acquaintances, Chula Vista and the county of San Diego, and there could be another suitor getting ready on the sidelines -- National City.

    The action in the football club's stadium push has been slow moving publicly in the two months since the city of San Diego allowed the team to talk with other parties within San Diego County. But the team has scheduled a tour of potential stadium sites with Chula Vista officials for July 27 and a follow-up meeting with two county supervisors Aug. 1.

    And, in an interview, the city manager of National City indicated that officials there are studying the possibility of jumping into the game, too.

    "I would suggest that after we do some homework, we will come to our council and community with some thoughts, and we will want to get some policy perspective," said City Manager Chris Zapata.

    Chargers spokesman Mark Fabiani said the team would be pleased to speak with the South Bay city.

    "We were interested enough in the National City possibility to accept the National City mayor's offer to meet in the summer of 2003 (before our exclusive negotiating period with the City of San Diego began in the summer of 2004), and we would be pleased now to work with National City if we are given that opportunity," Fabiani said in an e-mail.

    The emergence of National City as a potential player in the team's stadium push would add an intriguing option for the Chargers, as the bayside city could potentially offer the team a few key amenities that the Chula Vista site under consideration can't -- access from Interstate 5, a spot near the trolley system and open land on the waterfront.

    Chula Vista officials have largely been focused on a vast stretch of open terrain inland, a site that would be fed by State Route 125 and out of reach of the trolley system. That land is owned by a private home developer that has expressed interest in teaming with the Chargers on the kind of mixed-use development the team wants to use to finance the construction of a new stadium.

    The land being eyed in National City is a 52-acre parcel that's administered by the port. A deal on private land would likely be less messy than any land deal involving a public agency.

    Zapata, who gained experience dealing with professional sports franchises as a deputy city manager in Glendale, Ariz., said city officials have had no official meetings with the Chargers. He said previous discussions were had in the past with the city's representative on the Port Commission about building a sports arena to the site.

    "It's a matter of dusting it off and seeing if it fits," Zapata said.

    National City voters in June passed a one-cent sales tax increase in order to close what city officials said was a structural budget deficit. The increase sunsets in 10 years, and Zapata said city officials have an obligation to evaluate all revenue opportunities in order to achieve long-term "fiscal sustainability." A stadium could be one option to attract restaurants and hotels, he said.

    "That is something that people have honed in on that the port might want to hone in on," Zapata said.

    The tour in Chula Vista scheduled for July 27 is expected to focus on a 3,000-acre site owned by HomeFed Corp., a residential homebuilder based in Carlsbad. The company originally talked with the Chargers when they were looking for development partner with whom to team with on a massive $800 million development that included a new stadium and 6,000 condos on the current Qualcomm Stadium site in Mission Valley.

    While that proposal fell apart, the team hopes to use the same financing model by using the windfall from residential housing sales to build a new state-of-the-art stadium, expected to cost $450 million. In this type of financing, neither taxpayers nor team owners are asked to fund the construction of a stadium. Instead, the owners and a private developer hope to earn enough off of the sales of new homes or condos to finance the stadium.


    However, team and company officials said there have been no meetings between the two parties. Instead, meetings have been taking place between the city and the team.

    "The Chargers had a progression with how they wanted to proceed and I wanted to respect that," said Paul Borden, HomeFed president.

    Fabiani said the Chargers are studying sites in Chula Vista in advance of their tour there. He said the team is also studying a site suggested by county Supervisor Ron Roberts that lies at the intersection of Interstate 15 and State Route 52 that is currently part of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

    The team began its push for a new stadium in the city of San Diego in 2002. In May, the City Council allowed the team to begin talks with other cities within the county after the team and the city were unable to reach a deal.

    The team can begin speaking with parties outside the county on Jan. 1 and can legally relocate come Jan. 1, 2008.
     
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    I really don't care where, as long as they stay in San Diego County.
     
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    A dude at Chargers.com posted an overhead photo of that area. Anyone know specifically which plot of land is being discussed?

    [​IMG]

    Another story said that land is located within the City of San Diego city limits. Too bad it's not in the County. :icon_evil:

    It does have good access to all the freeways. Trolley?
     
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    Those are killer areas.

    No trolley exists in those areas but access is killer and a trolley spur could be run by my reads.
     
  14. SDRaiderH8er

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    Just as long as they stay the "San Diego" Chargers, I dont care where they play!!!!!
     
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    Okay.

    The "San Diego" Chargers of the Alamodome.

    Will that work for you? :icon_razz: Works for me .... :icon_mrgreen:
     
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    Chargers | Stadium talks heating up with cities
    Thu, 13 Jul 2006 20:41:51 -0700

    Ronald Powell, of the San Diego Union-Tribune, reports two cities in the South Bay of San Diego County have begun exploring the possibility of building stadiums as the new home of the San Diego Chargers. National City says they have two potential land development sites, one publicly owned and one privately owned, which would satisfy the team's requirement of not only getting land for a new stadium, but land for housing and commercial development. The Chargers are demanding land for housing and commercial development to offset the cost of building a new stadium because the public is no longer willing to pay for a sports facility. The City of Chula Vista has contacted officials in Glendale, Arizona, the new home of the Arizona Cardinals' stadium, in an effort to discuss potential financing methods. Chula Vista has cautioned their moves are exploratory but have scheduled a presentation for team officials Thursday, July 27. Another proposal has come from county Supervisor Ron Roberts to build a stadium on land, to be purchased from the U.S. Navy, at Interstate 15 and state Route 52 within the City of San Diego, using the old location at Qualcomm Stadium to help the city generate new tax revenue through development. City officials are looking to schedule a meeting sometime next month to discuss the proposal.
     
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    The first good news in a while. Looks like multiple parties are getting off their butts and doing something! :yes:
     
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    Yup
     
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    Kinda has a nice ring toit!!:icon_mrgreen:
     
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    Refresh my memory, please...where ED Zachary is Otay Mesa??
     
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    Down by the border. That is where the second border crossing is located.....the new Olympic training site etc etc
     
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    Near where Southwestern College and Telegraph Canyon Road are.
     
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    I am not sure but Otay Mesa is not even a city...more like a region. Like Rainbow or Pala....nothing but open land and outhouses.
     

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