Interim Mayor Todd Gloria, Chargers meet over stadium, Convention Center plans
SAN DIEGO - Interim Mayor Todd Gloria said Thursday he had a positive 30-minute meeting this week with the Chargers executive who is spearheading the NFL team's efforts to build a new stadium.
"I thought we actually had a positive conversation about what we could do collaboratively to make sure to make sure that we keep the Chargers in San Diego," Gloria said at his weekly media briefing. "I'm certainly committed to doing that. The city is committed to that."
The Monday meeting with Mark Fabiani came a couple of weeks after the Chargers proposed to the California Coastal Commission an alternative to the city's plan to expand the San Diego Convention Center.
The city plan would have all of the expansion on the current site and give the center the largest amount of contiguous floor space on the West Coast.
The Chargers' proposal would limit the expansion at the convention center location but would add a new stadium a few blocks away that could also provide space for major gatherings.
The city's plan goes before the Coastal Commission next month for its final regulatory hurdle. The financing mechanism is being challenged in court.
Fabiani told City News Service that the team's alternative will come in handy if the city plan is rejected by the commission or loses in court.
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