NFL Stadium EIR Is Chargers' ‘Worst Nightmare': City Attorney

San Diego's City Attorney shared his opinion Wednesday on what the City Council's decision to spend $2.1 million on an environmental review of the Mission Valley site would mean to San Diego Chargers owners.

The money approved by the city council will be spent on an EIR for the site proposed by the mayor’s Citizens Stadium Advisory Group (CSAG).

The San Diego Chargers, who are considering moving to a joint-use stadium in Carson near Los Angeles, have said they prefer a downtown San Diego site.

City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said if the city wants to keep the Chargers or any NFL team in town, an EIR was the next step in an interview on KUSI-TV.

“If the Chargers are going to go to their partners and say, 'Hey we need to move to Los Angeles because it’s not doable in San Diego', their worse nightmare is that we’re actually doing it,“ Goldsmith said.

He also said city officials were talking "behind the scenes" with the NFL and "know the layout of the land." 

"We’re in the game because we’re moving forward with the EIR," he said adding that the city's experts on NFL negotiations suggested the city continue.

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