Citizen's Plan to Build New Stadium in San Diego May be on November Ballot

More than 100,000 signatures were submitted by the Citizens' Plan Coalition to build a new stadium in San Diego

A proposed plan put forward by attorney Cory Briggs and former city councilwoman Donna Frye to build a new stadium in San Diego could be headed to the November ballot.

100,845 signatures were submitted Wednesday afternoon to the County Registrar of Voters for the Citizens’ Plan Coalition to transform the current Qualcomm Stadium site.

The group includes the League of Women Voters San Diego and the League of Conservation Voters San Diego.

The Citizens’ Plan is not to be confused with the plan put forth by the San Diego Chargers.

Attorney Cory Briggs says the Citizens’ Plan is much bigger than just a stadium in either downtown or Mission Valley and argues it isn’t harmful or incompatible with what the Chargers want.

Their proposed ballot measure focuses on protecting the waterfront, increasing the hotel tax rate and encourages expansion of San Diego State University onto the Qualcomm Stadium Site.

The Chargers, who are now gathering the 67,000 signatures needed to get their plan on the ballot, are hoping for a new stadium in downtown.

But the Citizens’ Plan outlines the Chargers can have a downtown stadium, if the team foots the bill. 

City Attorney Jan Goldsmith says the County Registrar of Voters will screen the signatures submitted for the petition and determine if there are enough to get the plan on the November ballot. The process takes up to 30 days.

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