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Mayor, Chargers meet about new San Diego stadium if redevelopment ends

March 7, 2011 |  4:03 pm

Qualcomm StadiumSan Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and Chargers President Dean Spanos met Monday to discuss alternative funding for a new  stadium in the event the Legislature eliminates redevelopment agencies.

The mayor and the Chargers ownership have considered redevelopment funding as a possible way to build a stadium in downtown San Diego. But Gov. Jerry Brown, to help close the state's budget gap, has proposed ending redevelopment agencies.

"The Chargers and mayor's office will continue to work together as these important issues are resolved," according to a statement issued by Sanders and Spanos.

The Chargers have said the team needs a new stadium if it is to stay in San Diego. Qualcomm Stadium is one of the oldest in the NFL and is no longer considered Super Bowl-worthy.

Redevelopment agencies allow property taxes gathered within a specified area to be "captured" and used for other projects in that area. But critics have said that arrangement cheats county governments and school districts.


If Gov. Brown wins, plans for sports venues in Escondido and San Diego lose

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Qualcomm Stadium. Credit: File