The city's moving forward with a $2.1 million environmental impact study on the potential site of a new Chargers stadium. Then it'll have to present its findings to the NFL, in the hopes that the league will then tell the Chargers to come back to the negotiating table with San Diego officials.
But there are two ways the city could speed up that process.
First, they could run what's called a citizens initiative, where voters gather signatures to put a measure on the ballot. If it passes, the city can forget about doing an environmental review, and instead let that public support stand on its own.
Another option would be to get help from Sacramento, in the form of special legislation that would help San Diego expedite legal challenges.
On this San Diego Explained, NBC 7's Catherine Garcia and the Voice of San Diego's Scott Lewis talk through those options and why the city isn't following through on them.