As the Chargers push to gather enough signatures to put their citizens’ initiative for a Downtown San Diego stadium/convention center expansion on the November ballot they have earned an unlikely ally:
Attorney Cory Briggs.
Briggs is the man who authored a competing citizens’ initiative for a Downtown convention center expansion that also has eyes on the Mission Valley land where Qualcomm Stadium currently sits. But with the help of Chargers fan groups, chief among them Save Our Bolts, Briggs is offering his support to the Chargers process.
“The Citizens’ Plan coalition believes strongly in the public’s right to vote on important civic issues like where to build a new football stadium and how to finance it,” said Briggs in a statement. “Save Our Bolts bravely stood with the coalition when public officials were threatening to ignore the Citizens’ Plan. Today the coalition is proud to stand behind Save Our Bolts and its efforts to bring the Chargers’ own proposal to the ballot box.”
Having Briggs on board is no small development. His Citizens’ Plan is much further along in the political process. In late April the Citizens’ Plan turned in more than 100,000 signatures and looks like a lock to get on the November ballot. The fact he would encourage another plan that includes a convention center and a Transient Occupancy tax (TOT) is a potential turning point in the Chargers’ quest for a new football facility in San Diego.