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San Diego County Supervisors To Consider Stadium Agreement

Mayor Kevin Faulconer stands amid local officials and announces a partnership between San Diego County and the city to hire consultants to help develop a funding plan for a new Chargers stadium, March 26, 2015. (From left: San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, County Supervisor Ron Roberts, City Councilwoman Myrtle Cole and City Councilman Scott Sherman.)
Roland Lizarondo
Mayor Kevin Faulconer stands amid local officials and announces a partnership between San Diego County and the city to hire consultants to help develop a funding plan for a new Chargers stadium, March 26, 2015. (From left: San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, County Supervisor Ron Roberts, City Councilwoman Myrtle Cole and City Councilman Scott Sherman.)

A tentative agreement between the city and county of San Diego to split the cost of retaining lawyers and other consultants necessary for a stadium project will be considered Tuesday by the county Board of Supervisors and City Council.

The deal calls for each governmental body to evenly share expenses for the experts who will be needed to pound out the details of a stadium construction project with the Chargers. City and county funding would be capped at $250,000 each, according to a memorandum of understanding.

The deal also designates the city as the lead agency for any environmental reports required under the California Environmental Quality Act.

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A nine-member task force appointed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer has recommended siting a facility adjacent to aging Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley. "The Q" would be cleared away to make room for a park along the San Diego River and a development that includes housing, shops and office space.

The stadium would provide a playing home for the Chargers, San Diego State University, the Holiday and Poinsettia bowls, high school championship contests and special events.

The advisory group is currently working on a financing plan, which is due to be delivered to Faulconer next month.

The Chargers, who have wanted a new stadium for years, have taken steps to acquire land in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson where, if the San Diego plan ends up not being to their liking, they would build a playing facility they would share with the Oakland Raiders.

The owner of the St. Louis Rams is also eyeing the huge Los Angeles market, having proposed a stadium project in the suburb of Inglewood.

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