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Chargersí stadium vote fails miserably, clouding future in San Diego
Washington Post ^ | 11/9/2016

Posted on 11/09/2016 8:02:49 AM PST by Wolfie

Chargers’ stadium vote fails miserably, clouding future in San Diego

A ballot measure in San Diego that would have raised hotel taxes to pay for a new Chargers stadium came up far short of the required two-thirds vote Tuesday, leaving the team with an uncertain future in the city.

Measure C, as the initiative was known, would have allowed city officials to raise hotel-room taxes from 12.5 percent to 16.5 percent and use that revenue to pay for a new downtown stadium and convention-center annex next to Petco Park, where the Padres play baseball. But the measure received support from only 41 percent of local voters, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune’s last count, well below the 66.7 percent needed for passage.

Critics of the measure — which the Chargers sponsored and spent millions promoting — contend that the move was nothing but a gift to the team’s wealthy owners, that it underestimated construction costs and that it would not provide a positive economic impact for the city.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: chargers; nfl; sandiego; sandiegochargers; stadium

1 posted on 11/09/2016 8:02:49 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: Wolfie

Voted that down here in Pittsburgh too.
Did not stop them from doing it anyway and
building two stadiums.


2 posted on 11/09/2016 8:04:47 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Wolfie

LA Chargers here we come?


3 posted on 11/09/2016 8:05:15 AM PST by SoCal Pubbie
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To: Wolfie

Good...........


4 posted on 11/09/2016 8:06:33 AM PST by ColdOne ((poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11~WE DID IT DEPLORABLES!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: SoCal Pubbie

Maybe they can try St. Louis. It’s been done before.


5 posted on 11/09/2016 8:06:41 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Yep, I hope the voters are paying attention. Just as in Pittsburgh, they probably think they voted down public funding of the stadium, when they really just voted down a specific tax source. The next time (again, as in Pittsburgh), the city just won’t ask.


6 posted on 11/09/2016 8:07:02 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: Wolfie
NFL will find it hard to get taxpayers pay for Billionaires Stadiums
7 posted on 11/09/2016 8:09:21 AM PST by scooby321 (o even lower)
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To: Wolfie

Let the NFL build their own g.d. stadiums. If it such a good deal the NFL can build new stadiums with their own money and keep all of the profits.


8 posted on 11/09/2016 8:09:49 AM PST by forgotten man
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To: scooby321

They have a pretty good track record of getting it done. As I said, they’ll just top asking for taxpayer permission.


9 posted on 11/09/2016 8:10:48 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: forgotten man
Let the NFL build their own g.d. stadiums.
Couldn't agree more.
Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson lost his sponsor for stadium naming rights, went to Albany and ended up (over a few years) with $400 million tax payer dollars.
In gratitude, the MFer named the stadium after himself.
10 posted on 11/09/2016 8:14:04 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: forgotten man

That’s not how the NFL works. They tell the cities to build new stadiums on the city’s dollar and the owner keep all the profits.
The Spano’s are horrible owners and keep putting their thumb in our eyes. Go to LA, go to St. Louis, go to San Antonio, go to Tulsa. Just go and take your third rated owners and record with you.
Let the NFL build the stadium if they think it is such a great money maker.


11 posted on 11/09/2016 8:17:55 AM PST by Kozy (new age haruspex)
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To: SoCal Pubbie

“LA Chargers here we come?”

Or San Antonio


12 posted on 11/09/2016 8:21:10 AM PST by Fai Mao (PIAPS for Prison 2016)
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To: Fai Mao

What about a stadium there?


13 posted on 11/09/2016 8:23:24 AM PST by SoCal Pubbie
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To: Wolfie

NO tax dollars should be used for stadiums for the rich.


14 posted on 11/09/2016 8:32:39 AM PST by From The Deer Stand
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To: SoCal Pubbie

They have one that is vacant. The Rangers and Astros play exhibition games there at the end spring training. It is weird for baseball and yields a very, very short right field field fence. But for football it would be fine. It seats 65,000.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alamodome


15 posted on 11/09/2016 8:44:01 AM PST by Fai Mao (PIAPS for Prison 2016)
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To: Fai Mao

I forgot about that facility.


16 posted on 11/09/2016 8:51:01 AM PST by SoCal Pubbie
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To: SoCal Pubbie

tijuana turkeys


17 posted on 11/09/2016 9:07:44 AM PST by rolling_stone (not this time!)
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To: Wolfie

WHY the HELL don’t the TEAM’S OWNERS PAY FOR THE DAMNED STADIUMS????


18 posted on 11/09/2016 9:24:23 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion....... The HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Ann Archy

Because they don’t have to.


19 posted on 11/09/2016 9:49:21 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: Wolfie

On the other hand, the idiots in Arlington, Texas voted to approve a new stadium for the Texas Rangers, when their existing stadium is about 10 years or so old.


20 posted on 11/09/2016 10:08:37 AM PST by zeugma (Do you remember the 5th of November?)
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