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Some Lines Of Communication Reopen Between City, Chargers

Mark Fabiani, San Diego Chargers, special counsel to the president.
San Diego Chargers
Mark Fabiani, San Diego Chargers, special counsel to the president.

Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos hadn't returned a phone message from San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer as of late Wednesday afternoon, but other lines of communication have opened, according to the team's spokesman on stadium issues.

Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani told City News Service that he has been in touch with other city representatives.

"I have been in contact last night and today both with the city's negotiator, Chris Melvin, and with the City Attorney, Jan Goldsmith, so we won't have any trouble exchanging information," Fabiani said.

A spokesman for Goldsmith said he couldn't confirm that the contacts took place. Meanwhile, Fabiani said the mayor's phone call won't go ignored.

"As for the phone call, yes, of course, Dean will call the mayor back, probably just as soon as Dean has decided the direction he wants to take," Fabiani said.

Fabiani told KBPS in an email, "Dean will take some time to evaluate the new options that have been created for the Chargers by the owners' vote. No decisions have been made, and no serious review of a proposed framework for a Rams-Chargers deal has yet begun."

Fabiani said Spanos was studying his options, which include moving to Inglewood to share a future stadium with the Rams, or pursuing a stadium project in San Diego.

A report that said Spanos was nearing an agreement with Rams owner Stan Kroenke on the framework of a deal to leave San Diego was "overblown," Fabiani said.

Late Wednesday morning, Faulconer told reporters he tried to call Spanos in hopes of restarting talks about a stadium project. He said the rejection by National Football League owners of plans by the Chargers and Raiders to build a playing facility in Carson was an opportunity for a fresh start in San Diego.

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