San Diego mayor urges governor to sign bill aiding stadium project
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders is urging Gov. Jerry Brown to sign legislation that would help San Diego build a new football stadium by easing environmental rules and limiting lawsuits.
AB 900, Sanders said, "would give San Diego's future multiuse stadium project and those planned in other California cities the same kind of considerations that a similar bill would give L.A.'s stadium project."
The Los Angeles stadium project is meant to help lure an NFL team to the city. San Diego's Chargers are considered at the top of the list of teams that might relocate.
For a decade the Chargers have told San Diego officials that the team needs a new facility to replace Qualcomm Stadium if the franchise is to remain in the city.
While San Diego has yet to forward a stadium project, Sanders and other officials have promised to have a proposal ready for a public vote in November 2012.
-- Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. Credit: Donald Miralle/Getty Images