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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.”

Deena While March 04, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Read "Paradise Plundered: Fiscal Crisis and Governance Failures in San Diego", by Steven Erie, Vladimir Kogan, Scott MacKenzie. (Yes, I do carry that book =D)
Komfort March 04, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I am glad to see Art is no fan of secret meetings.
Mick March 04, 2012 at 04:06 PM
If the Chargers leave San Diego, I'll be happy to help them pack their things and open the door for them on the way out. A stadium, you say? I think I'll take a new library or expanded library hours, thank you very much.
Jeff Hoffert March 04, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Mick? You should pack up and go back to where you came from. My guess is you're not from San Diego. The region needs to keep their NFL franchise. It's time San Diego puts on its "big boy pants" and starts being fiscally responsible in all areas. We need newly paved roads but we also need our only two sports franchises to remain here. Native San Diegan.
Things I Learned March 04, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Football stadiums are fiscally responsible infrastructure projects that provide enormous financial benefits to our local economy. We should build two of them. Or three!
Raymond Balcorta March 04, 2012 at 06:46 PM
I agree with Jeff we need many new roads as I see every morning and every night going to from my home but we also need to keep the NFL in SD as a native and resident it'll create jobs for ppl that have been laid off due to the slow construction times it'll help kick start the community creating jobs and in the end get money flowing back into the economy ppl cry cuz it'll only be used "8" times year (which is incorrect I might add) remember the super bowl raiders and the bucs? Yu know how money was brought in? Anyways theyre would be ppl dying to use a new state of the art stadium in beautiful San Diego the NFL the chargers and naming rights would pay a big majority of it in the end the upside I believe will be greater than the down we have to get this done or more jobs will be lost don't hold back cause your not a true fan maybe your kids are but what I say is stop being so negative cup half empty when really it's 3/4 full yu look at it from a distance get up close and really measure the balance
Janet Mercer-Grey March 04, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Only when he's not invited!
Janet Mercer-Grey March 04, 2012 at 11:30 PM
The Chargers are originally the Los Angeles Chargers. LA can have them back!
rudy reyes March 05, 2012 at 03:20 AM
As a Native San Diegan.I am currently running for 2nd dist. county supervisor and agree that "need to keep the NFL in SD" and "Football stadiums are fiscally responsible infrastructure projects that provide enormous financial benefits to our local economy." though after reading this article I do question how they “have been quietly meeting" and the fact that "taxpayer dollars shouldn't support an effort benefiting a private owner" So if there wasn't some odd "deal" being organized by these politicians for the public good why so secretive? Tell the community! What happened to public transparency in politics? www.reyesforsupervisor.com
Kevin George March 05, 2012 at 06:27 PM
I am a native San Diegan that says investing public money for private concern is foolish. Every town has citizens that think it's fine to volunteer other peoples money to prop up an institution of dubious profitability. I'll bet that if i looked back into archives of the Cincinnati Enquirer I could find a letter just like yours, but that sort of talk isn't heard there much after this happened. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704461304576216330349497852.html
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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