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San Diego Mayor Reveals New Stadium Task Force

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On Friday, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer held a press conference to unveil his latest task force to try to come up with a plan for a new stadium for the Chargers. This task force, consisting of business, civic and community leaders from around San Diego County, has until this Fall to come up with a plan to finance a stadium, along with deciding on a location to build it and recommend it to the Mayor.

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“Yes, we’ve had renderings. Yes, we’ve had ideas floated about how you can possibly, maybe, fund it, but those aren’t plans. A plan is when somebody tells you this is where it’s going to go, this is how we’re going to build it, and most importantly, this is how it’s going to be paid for,” Mayor Faulconer said.

The nine-person task force consists of:

Doug Barnhart, Chairman of Barnhart-Reese Construction

Rod Dammeyer, Private Equity Investor

Adam Day, California State University Trustee & Assistant Tribal Manager of Sycuan

Walt Ekard, former San Diego County CAO & City of San Diego COO

Aimee Faucett, COO of the San Diego Regional Chamber

Jason Hughes, President and CEO of Hughes Marino

Jessie Knight, Executive Vice President of Sempra Energy, Chairman of the Board of SDG&E

Mary Lydon, Executive Director of Urban Land Institute – San Diego-Tijuana

Jim Steeg, former Chargers and NFL Executive

A press release from the Mayor’s office with all of the details, along with individual bios of the task force can be found here.

This task force has been charged to help find a solution to one of the most  challenging and pressing topics the city has been facing for over a decade.

Mark Fabiani, Chargers’ special counsel in getting a new stadium in San Diego chimed in shortly after the Mayor made the announcement.

“We will be happy to share with the mayor’s new task force the nine different stadium proposals the Chargers have made over the years, as well as the ideas produced by another city-appointed task force and by two separate outside experts hired by the city during this period,” Fabiani said on Chargers.com. “We will also be pleased to evaluate any other ideas generated by this latest task force.”

Once the task force makes its final recommendation to the Mayor, it will be up to the voters in San Diego to decide.

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