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Madrid Opposes County Taxes to Help Build Chargers Stadium in San Diego

Supervisor Dianne Jacob says she’s met with Mayor Jerry Sanders on county role in NFL effort.

The San Diego Chargers once made their home in La Mesa (as far as workouts), but Mayor Art Madrid isn’t letting nostalgia cloud his feelings about the idea of taxing county residents to retain the NFL team.

Supporters of a new Chargers stadium “want to tax people who can’t even afford to go to the football games,” Madrid told the North County Times in a story posted Saturday.

“It’s convenient to use the term ‘regional’ when it's for a special interest,” the paper quoted Madrid as saying.

The North County Times reported that county Supervisors Ron Roberts and Dianne Jacob “have been quietly meeting with San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders about using county tax dollars to build a new Chargers stadium in downtown San Diego’s East Village.”

Jacob—who represents the East County, including La Mesa—told the paper she and Roberts have made no financial commitments to Sanders during eight private meetings on the stadium topic since November 2009.

Jacob was quoted as saying: “I’ve made it very clear to the mayor and to my constituents, too, that if there's any county involvement in this, that it’s a good investment for county taxpayers. I think the city [of San Diego] wants us to be a financial partner. What the city wants and what the county will do, likely are different things.”

Super Terrific Response March 06, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Mick, I agree with you in part. I hope the Chargers find a way to build a stadium with a team of private investors (including the NFL). But I don't want to see an agreement between the Chargers and the city of San Diego and/or the county of San Diego where the taxpayers will be expected to kick in ANY amount of money. These stadium deals end up being bad deals and bad policy for taxpayers. A reasonable compromise for fence-sitting elected officials might be to allow the voters of San Diego County to decide whether they want to use tax dollars for a new stadium. I for one would vote "NO." I have a feeling that my fellow fiscally conservative voters throughout the county would send this ballot initiative to a decisive defeat.
Deena While March 06, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Hopefully everyone knows the problems and financial hardships that occurred during PetCo Park. Let's not go down that road again.
HaroldS61 March 15, 2012 at 07:16 PM
I'll be sure to not support your election. Stadiums are always a bad deal for the taxpayers.
HaroldS61 March 15, 2012 at 07:19 PM
PetCo? How about Qualcomm and the ticket guarantee. This Spanos lead theft will make Petco look like a drop in the bucket.
TOM SATTERFIELD March 25, 2012 at 05:30 PM
NO PUBLIC MONEY FOR PRIVATE ENTERPRISE

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