Chargers in Carson to Gather Stadium Initiative Signatures

As the mayor’s advisory group announced recommendations for a new Mission Valley stadium Thursday, Chargers officials were in Carson, helping gather signatures to put a proposed Chargers-Raiders stadium on the ballot there.

Both teams are paying for a campaign that seeks to get 8,041 valid signatures to qualify a stadium initiative for the ballot, according to Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani. Both paid and volunteer signature gatherers are joining in the effort.

If the initiative qualifies, the Carson City Council can adopt it as written or put on a special election to let the voters decide.

If the proposal is approved, the teams will have a green light to start construction on their $1.7 billion stadium, financed by Goldman Sachs.

Thursday morning, San Diego’s Citizens Stadium Advisory Group made its first public recommendation for a proposed stadium, saying Mission Valley made the most sense for a multi-use stadium already zoned for that purpose.

But the Chargers have made it no secret that they prefer a hybrid stadium-convention center in downtown San Diego – if they stay in this city at all.

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