It’s no secret that the San Diego Chargers have been pushing for a new stadium. That effort gathered more ground on Friday with the delivery of a petition with 110,786 signatures supporting a ballot initiative for November to San Diego City Clerk Elizabeth Maland.
The team launched the effort in April and needed to get at least 66,447 signatures from registered San Diego voters in order to get a measure on the ballot to enable the public to vote on a 6.5 percent increase on the hotel tax.
Raising this particular tax would help the Chargers to finance a new stadium.
“Most signature gathering efforts of this kind take six full months. We had just six weeks to complete our work,” Chargers owner Dean Spanos stated. “The fact that we were able to collect more than 110,000 signatures in that short period of time demonstrates tremendous support in our community for a new, combined stadium-convention center expansion downtown.”
Of course, the signatures still need to be checked for validity and it still isn’t clear if the ballot measure needs a two-thirds vote to pass, or if this can be done by a simple majority.
The two candidates still vying for the title of San Diego City Attorney both anticipate that a two-thirds vote will be needed when the issue resurfaces later in the year.
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