If Gov. Brown wins, plans for sports venues in Escondido and San Diego lose
Gov. Jerry Brown has an idea to help the state budget by abolishing redevelopment agencies, governmental units that target property taxes for certain projects in specific areas.
If the governor gets his way -- which is far from assured -- it could kill plans for a minor-league baseball park in Escondido and a new football stadium for the Chargers in downtown San Diego.
Escondido wants a venue for a minor-league team owned by the San Diego Padres' co-owner. In San Diego, the Chargers insist the team needs a home to replace aging Qualcomm Stadium. Without a new stadium, the team could leave.
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-- Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium, once the pride of the NFL but now one of the oldest venues in the league. Credit: Los Angeles Times