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Governor signs bill that could help San Diego keep Chargers

September 27, 2011 |  3:20 pm

San Diego Chargers during Sunday's game at Qualcomm Stadium

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Tuesday that San Diego boosters hope will assist in building a stadium to replace aging Qualcomm Stadium and keep the Chargers from leaving for Los Angeles.

AB900 would provide other stadium projects statewide much the same protection from legal and environmental challenges that the more-publicized SD292, which Brown also signed, does for a Los Angeles stadium project.

The bill will "not only help our efforts to build a new stadium here, it will accelerate other public works projects in the San Diego region," said Darren Pudgil, press secretary for San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders.

Chargers spokesman Mark Fabiani said the bill would help all sorts of large projects statewide "including our proposed combined stadium and convention center in San Diego."

San Diego officials have promised to have a plan to submit to voters next year.


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Photo: San Diego Chargers during Sunday's game at Qualcomm Stadium. Credit: Jody Gomez / US Presswire