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Details Of Chargers’ Stadium Plan Leaked

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, right, is sacked by San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram during the second half in an NFL football game in Denver, Jan. 3, 2016.

Aired 3/23/16 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Scott Lewis, editor in chief, Voice of San Diego


The San Diego Chargers are preparing to announce their own ballot initiative proposal to finance a downtown stadium and convention center expansion.

In a story published Tuesday night by Voice of San Diego, Editor-in-Chief Scott Lewis wrote that sources said the Chargers will propose a ballot measure to increase the hotel room tax from 10.5 percent to 16.5 percent to help pay for a new convention center and stadium.

"Two sources close to the talks provided the outlines of the deal and said the mayor and industry leaders balked at supporting the measure but have not officially decided to oppose it," Lewis wrote.

KPBS asked Chargers' spokesman Mark Fabiani to comment on the proposed stadium plan but he declined.

"We're not there yet, in terms of a final draft or the support we would need to move forward," Fabiani said in an email.

He said he is evaluating a recent appeals court decision that seems to imply that citizen-sponsored initiatives are not bound by the two-thirds rule for approving special tax increases.

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