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Mayor Kevin Faulconer On Latest Efforts To Keep Chargers In San Diego

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announces the members of his Citizens' Stadium Advisory Group in downtown San Diego, Jan. 30, 2015.
Nicholas McVicker
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announces the members of his Citizens' Stadium Advisory Group in downtown San Diego, Jan. 30, 2015.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer On Latest Efforts To Keep Chargers In San Diego
Mayor Kevin Faulconer On Latest Efforts To Keep Chargers In San Diego GUEST:Kevin Faulconer, mayor, city of San Diego

TODAY IS THURSDAY, JULY 23. I'M ALLISON ST. JOHN IN FOR MAUREEN CAVANAUGH AND MAYOR FAULCONER IS JOINING US IN STUDIO. EVERY MONTH OR SO HE COMES IN AND WE ARE ALWAYS VERY GLAD TO HAVE YOU. WELCOME. IT IS GREAT TO BE BACK. THANK YOU. SO NOW, THE CURRENT CONFERENCE IN TOWN AND OF COURSE THERE'S ALWAYS CONFERENCES CYCLING THROUGH SAN DIEGO, IS THE AMERICAN LEGISLATIVE EXCHANGE COUNCIL. IT IS HOLDING ITS ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN SAN DIEGO THIS WEEK. IT IS ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO LIMITED GOVERNMENT AND PROMOTING FREE MARKETS AND CORPORATE INTERESTS. YOU ARE A REPUBLICAN MAYOR IN A PREDOMINATELY MAJORITY DEMOCRATIC VOTER REGISTERED CITY. I NEED TO ASK YOU, DOZEN PARTICIPATING IN THIS CONFERENCE PERHAPS JEOPARDIZE THE MODERATE REPUBLICAN PERSONA THAT YOU HAVE? I WILL TELL YOU, REPUBLICAN MAYOR, I AM THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF SAN DIEGO AND WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SAY IS IS MY APPROACH AND I THINK IT IS THE RIGHT APPROACH, IT IS NOT LOOKING AT THINGS THROUGH A REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRATIC LENS, IT IS WHAT IS THE BEST THING WE SHOULD BE DOING FOR THE CITY. AND I THINK THAT IS MY STYLE. I THINK IT IS WORKING IN TERMS OF THE CHANGES WE ARE MAKING IN SAN DIEGO. I HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO A LOT OF GROUPS THAT COMING TO SAN DIEGO AND WE HAD LEGISLATORS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT ARE HERE THIS WEEK AND TALKING ABOUT INNOVATION AND TALKING ABOUT CHANGES IN GOVERNMENT. I UNDERSTAND THERE IS GOING TO BE SOME PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE CYCLING THROUGH SO YOU ALWAYS GET SOME FOLKS WHO LIKE THAT AND SOME FOLKS THAT WANT TO PROTEST THAT AND THAT IS CERTAINLY PART OF LIFE IN POLITICS FOR. THE THING IS AS YOU SAY THERE ARE SOME BIPARTISAN PEOPLE ATTENDING THIS CONFERENCE BUT THAT THE AGENDA OF MUCH OF THE LEGISLATION BEING DISCUSSED THERE IS THINGS LIKE HOW TO REDUCE THE LEGISLATION TO LIMIT CLIMATE CHANGE AND TO SUPPORT SUSTAINABLE ENERGY. HOW MUCH WOULD YOU SAY THAT THE CONFERENCES AGENDA MATCHES YOUR AGENDA? I WILL TELL YOU I'M A STRONG SUPPORTER ON CLIMATE CHANGE. AND THE BOLD CLIMATE ACTION PLAN I AM VERY PRODUCT FOR HERE IN SAN DIEGO. SOME PEOPLE MAY DISAGREE WITH THAT AND THAT IS THE RIGHT. AS THEY ARE FOCUSING ON INNOVATION A GOVERNMENT WE ARE PROUD A LOT OF THE CHANGES IN INNOVATION WE ARE DOING HERE IN SAN DIEGO FOR OUR ZERO WASTE PLANE AND AS A SET A CLIMATE ACTION PLAN AND IF FOLKS WANT TO EMULATE US IN OTHER STATES OR OTHER CITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT IS THE MESSAGE I AM HAPPY TO DELIVER. SO THERE WERE PETITIONS WITH SOFT -- WITH THOUSANDS OF SIGNATURES REQUESTING YOU AVOID THIS CONFERENCE. DID YOU CONSIDER AVOIDING? I THINK IT WAS FUNNY COMEDY UNION TRIBUNE HAD SOMETHING IN PAPER TODAY ABOUT WHEN I GREETED PRESIDENT. OBAMA AT THE AIRPORT SOME ON THE RIGHT WOULD SAY WHY WOULD YOU GO? HE IS A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. IT IS ABOUT BEING BIPARTISAN. THAT IS MY APPROACH AND THAT IS SOMETHING I WILL CONTINUE TO DO. LEAVING VISITED BY ANY OF THE MAJOR CORPORATIONS IN TOWN WHILE THEY'RE HERE? I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY YESTERDAY TO GIVE WELCOME REMARKS AND SO IT WAS A GREAT GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM ALL ACROSS THE CITY AND COUNTRY AND STATE LEGISLATORS. I AM GLAD THEY ARE IN TOWN. ARE YOU GETTING INVOLVED IN SOME DISCUSSIONS? I'M NOT. SCHEDULE ONLY ALLOWED ME TO BE HERE FOR THE WELCOME REMARKS AND IT IS A FULL AGENDA FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS ON CITY BUSINESS HERE. LET'S TALK ABOUT THE NEXT THING THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT WHICH IS THE CHARGES. ALWAYS. DO KEEP THEM IN TOWN? YOU'RE NOT ABOUT TO LET THEM GO EASY. THE LATEST THING I UNDERSTAND THAT HAS HAPPENED IS LA LAW GROUP HAS THAT YOU LETTER SAYING THAT THIS ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT THAT IS BEING PRODUCED FOR $2 MILLION, TAXPAYERS MONEY, IS THE PROCESS THEY SAY APPEARS TO BE A HASTY APPROVAL OF A FOOTBALL STADIUM. THEY SAY THAT THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE PUBLIC AGENCIES DON'T PROVIDE SPECIAL TREATMENT FOR SPORTS STADIUMS. SO THIS IS NOT EXACTLY A LEGAL CHALLENGE BUT IT IS A WARNING SHOT, ISN'T IT? IT CONFIRMS WHAT THEM CHARGERS SPOKESMAN HAS BEEN WARNING YOU. OUR CITY ATTORNEY HAS A STRONGLY DIFFERENT VIEW. WE HAVE SAID VERY CLEARLY AND THE COUNCIL SUPPORTED THIS LAST WEEK, SUPER IPODS THE MAJORITY OF THE COUNCIL TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE AR. WE ARE GOING TO DO IT RIGHT INTO IT METHODICALLY. AND WE ARE GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERY EYE IS DOTTED IN EVERY T HIS QUEST. IT IS TAKING A LOT OF WORK BUT IT IS IMPORTANT. IT WAS IMPORTANT TO ME AND TO THE COUNCIL. WE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DEMONSTRATE THAT SAN DIEGO CONTINUES TO MOVE FORWARD. WE HAVE THE ABILITY, WORKING TOGETHER FOR THE COUNTY, WORKING TOGETHER WITH HER HOW TO COUNCIL OR CITY COUNCIL TO COME UP WITH A FAIR PLANT THAT I THINK TAXPAYERS WILL ULTIMATELY SUPPORT AND VOTERS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MOVE FORWARD ON. AT SOME POINT IN THE FUTURE. A PROJECT LIKE THIS NORMALLY AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT WOULD TAKE MUCH YOUNGER THAN SIX MONTHS. EXPOUNDS WE CHALLENGE. I GUESS MY QUESTION IS, IS THIS $2 MILLION A WASTE OF TAXPAYER MONEY? I THINK IT WILL BE MONEY WELL SPENT. AS A SAID I WAS GLAD TO -- A BIPARTISAN MAJORITY OF THE COUNCIL AGREED TO THAT. IT'S NOT ONLY LOOKING AT THE REPLACEMENT OF QUALCOMM STADIUM, I THINK ONE OF THE REASONS WE WERE ABLE TO COMPLETE IT IN THE AMOUNT OF TIME WHERE DOING IS THERE IS EXISTING STADIUMS ARE NOW. YOU CAN LOOK AT WHAT SOME OF THE TRACK THAT -- TRAFFIC PATTERNS ARE. IT WOULD BE DIFFERENT IF HE DID HAVE A FACILITY THERE. BUT AS WE ARE SAYING WE WOULD HAVE TO, EVEN IF WE WANTED TO DO A DIFFERENT FACILITY THERE, AND ARENA OR ANYTHING ELSE, WOULD HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS TYPE OF ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS. YOU HAVE TO GO THE ANALYSIS THE QUALCOMM IS NOT COMING -- NOT GOING TO BE AROUND FOREVER ONE WAY OR THE OTHER. EVEN TO DEMOLISH IT. IT WILL BE MONEY WELL SPENT AND MOST AND PARTLY, IT ALLOWS US TO CONTINUE TO PICTURE WE ARE SHOWING PROGRESS AND DOING THE RIGHT THING HERE IN SAN DIEGO TO DEVELOP THE PLANE THAT ULTIMATELY THE VOTERS WILL HAVE THE SAME. SOME PEOPLES ARE SAYING THIS TO ME DOLLARS IS IN SOME WAYS TO PERHAPS SAVE YOUR POLITICAL THEY SAY DON'T BECOME THE MAYOR WHO LOST THE CHARGERS. I WONDER, IS THERE A POINT AT WHICH YOU FEEL LIKE IT WOULD BE TIME TO LET GO OF THE CHARGES? WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT IT LAST WEEK AND IT IS IMPORTANT TO SAN DIEGO TO HAVE AN NFL TEAM HERE. BUT HAVE ALSO SAID IS IN ORDER FOR US TO MOVE FORWARD YOU HAVE TO HAVE A WILLING PARTICIPANT SITTING ACROSS THE TABLE FROM YOU. SO IN THE CHARGERS WALKED AWAY FROM THAT NEGOTIATING TABLE. WE SAID MAKING OUR CASE STRICTLY TO THE NFL, SAN DIEGO IS A GREAT CITY, A GREAT SPORTS CITY. IS NOT JUST ABOUT THE CHARGES. IT IS A PLACE FOR THE AZTECS TO PLAY, THE HOLIDAY BOWL, THE POINT SETTABLE, SO WE KNOW THAT WE CAN PUT THIS PLANET AND PACKAGED TOGETHER. ULTIMATELY TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS YOU HAVE TO HAVE A WILLING PARTNER ACROSS THE TABLE WITH YOU. SO THERE IS A LOT MORE WORK THAT WOULD NEED TO BE DONE. DOING THE ENVIRONMENTAL IS A PRECURSOR TO CONTINUED EFFORTS AND WORK AND IT IS ONE THAT I FEEL STRONGLY ABOUT. I THINK YOU SAW THE COUNCIL FEELS STRONGLY ABOUT AND THERE IS A LOT MORE WORK TO DO. I DO YOU RECENTLY SPOKE TO THE NFL COMMISSIONER ROBERT CADDELL -- ROGER GOODELL THE MAYBE WE'LL SEE IF THAT WASN'T TIME. I WANT TO TRANSITION TO IN THE STRUCTURE POTHOLES, STREETS, THAT IS WHAT EVERYBODY CAN RELATE TO. WE HAD A FACEBOOK QUESTION FOR YOU FROM NORM. HE ASKS HOW CAN MAYOR FAULCONER JUSTIFY WASTING TO ME DOLLARS ON AN IMPACT REPORT WHEN WE NEED WORK FUN -- WORK DONE ON IN THE STRUCTURE? THIS IS SO TYPICAL HE SAYS TO SPENDING MONEY ON A MEGARICH CORPORATION. SO, HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO THAT? PEOPLE ARE LOOKING AT PRIORITIES HERE. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAD DONE IS, PARTICULARLY STREET REPAIR IS OUR NUMBER ONE IN THE STRUCTURE PRIORITY FOR THE CITY. EARLIER THIS MONTH I KNOW IS WE ARE GOING TO PAGE 1000 MILES OF ROADS. WE WILL DO 300 MILES OF THAT THIS YEAR. THAT IS LIKE COMMITMENT. THAT IS ONE THAT I THINK DEMONSTRATES, I DON'T CARE WHAT PART OF THE CITY LIVING, YOU KNOW THE CONDITION OF OUR CITIES ROADS. YOU KNOW THE POTHOLES AND YOU KNOW THAT WE NEED TO DO THAT. WHEN I CAME IN I SAID WE ARE GOING TO HAVE 50% OF ALL NEW REVENUE GOING TO INFRASTRUCTURE AND ALL THAT PRIORITY STREET REPAIR IS THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO SEE THE DIFFERENCE THE FACT THAT THE CITY COUNCIL PASSED THE BUDGET WITHOUT PRIORITY IN THEIR UNANIMOUSLY COME I THINK SPEAKS VOLUMES ABOUT THE WORK WE ARE DOING AND WORKING TOGETHER. IN THE STRUCTURE PRIORITIES ARE ABSOLUTELY THE CITIES NUMBER ONE PRIORITY AND MY NUMBER ONE PRIORITY AS MAYOR. 1000 MILES OF ROADS SOUNDS GOOD BUT THERE WASN'T AN ANALYSIS IN VOICE OF SAN DIEGO THAT SUGGESTED THE MONEY WOULD TAKE TO DO THAT IS TO $100 MILLION LESS THAN WE ACTUALLY NEED. AND WOULDN'T ACTUALLY THE CITY WITH NO MONEY FOR STREET REPAIRS IN 2020. SO I WANTED TO ASK YOU IF YOU'RE LOOKING MORE I'M LOOKING BEYOND YOUR OWN TERM INTO THE LONG-TERM OF WHAT THE CITY NEEDS FOR THIS MASSIVE IN THE STRUCTURE DEFICIT IN LIGHT OF BOND MEASURE SOME POINT BECOME APPROPRIATE? YOU HAVE TO LOOK LONG-TERM. THAT IS ONE THINGS IN ONE OF THE REASONS WE ARE DOING ASSESSMENTS OF OUR SIDEWALKS. OF THE CONDITION OF OR CITY BUILDINGS, WHERE WE NEED NEW STREETLIGHTS, FIRE STATIONS. BECAUSE YOU CAN'T DO WITH THE CITY WHICH ALLOWED US TO GET INTO TROUBLE TO BEGIN WITH, WHICH WAS IGNORED IN THE STRUCTURE COME TO LIBERALLY UNDERFUND THE PENSION SYSTEM WHICH WE ARE NOW PAYING OFF AND YOU HAVE TO HAVE A HOLISTIC APPROACH AS YOU JUST RIGHTFULLY POINTED OUT. AND PART OF WHAT I SAID WHEN WE WERE GOING TO GET THE BUDGET TOGETHER WITH 50% OF ALL NEW REVENUE GOING FOR IN THE STRUCTURE, THERE IS A LOT OF DEMANDS FOR A LOT OF MONEY THAT PEOPLE WOULD LIKE THAT TO GO OTHER PLACES, OF THE NEW PROGRAMS. I SAID WE NEED TO FOCUS ON GETTING OUR NEIGHBORHOODS BACK IN ORDER. AND DOING IT IN A WAY THAT IS BASED ON NEED. AND NOT POLITICS. THAT IS WHY WE ARE DOING FOR EXAMPLE THE ROADS ARE BASED ON THE ROADS THAT ARE IN THE GREATEST NEED AND NOT JUST THE ROADS THAT HAPPENED TO BE IN THIS COUNCIL DISTRICT OR THE COUNCIL DISTRICT. SPEAKING OF PRIORITIES AND COMPETING PRIORITIES, THERE IS ALSO TALK OF YOU BOND MEASURE PERHAPS FOR A NEW FIRE STATIONS. DO SEE THAT A BOND MEASURE FOR ROADS COMPETING WITH A BOND MEASURE FOR FIRE STATIONS? MIGHT THEY BOTH GO ON THE BALLOT? THERE IS A LOT OF GOOD CONVERSATION HAPPENING ON IN THE STRUCTURE AND THAT IS EXTREMELY POSITIVE FOR US IN SAN DIEGO. WHAT IS A CLEARLY, AND I MENTIONED THIS IN MY STATE OF THE CITY SPEECH A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO, WE NEED TO REPAIR THE CITIES REPAIR PROGRAM. IT DOESN'T WORK VERY WELL. I SAID EVEN IF YOU SENT US $1 BILLION TO THE CITY RIGHT NOW THE CITY COULDN'T SPEND IT EFFECTIVELY. AND SO WHAT I'M SPENDING MY TIME ON IS REALLY LOOKING AT HOW WE ARE WORKING WITH NOT ONLY OUR OWN CITY CREWS AND APARTMENTS BUT CONTRACTORS AND MAKING SURE WE ARE GETTING VALUE, MAKING SURE WE ARE MADE SPENDING THE MONEY WE HAVE WISELY AND THAT WE HAVE A PLAN AND NOT JUST DOING A ONE-YEAR CAPITAL PLAN AND LURCHING FROM YEAR TO YEAR BUT REALLY LOOKING AT IT AS A FIVE YEAR PLAN SO WE ARE ABLE TO PLAN AND SAY WHAT WE CAPABLE OF DOING? WHAT CHANGES DO IT MAY? ONE OF THE THINGS I WILL TELL YOU THAT FRUSTRATES ME THE MOST AS MAYOR IS THE LENGTH OF TIME IT TAKES TO GET PROJECTS ACROSS THE FINISH LINE. WE ARE LOOKING AT HOW WE ARE DOING OUR PROCUREMENT, HOW WE ARE DELIVERING PROJECTS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE ACTUALLY SPENDING THE MONEY WISELY THAT WE HAVE THAT WE ARE GETTING FROM TAXPAYERS. FOR YOU PUT ANY BOND MEASURE ON THE BALLOT.GOVERNOR. JERRY BROWN JUST SAID AT A CONFERENCE OF MAYORS THIS WEEKEND IN ROMA I BELIEVE THAT WAS SPONSORED BY THE POPE, HE SAID THAT HUMANITY MAY HAVE ALREADY GONE OVER THE EDGE IN TERMS OF GLOBAL WARMING AND THAT UNLESS WE CHANGE COURSE WE FACE EXTINCTION. THOSE ARE STRONG WORDS TO MAYORS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. WHAT ARE YOU, AS LEADER OF SAN DIEGO, DOING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE IN FACT ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE? IT IS M STREET -- EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. IN FACT, WORKING WITH -- IT IS GOING TO BE A VERY BOLD CLIMATE ACTION PLAN WITH A FOCUS ON THE GLOBAL ENERGY. AND BEING ONE THAT I THINK WE'RE GOING TO BECOME A LEADER, NOT JUST IN THE STATE, BUT ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AND THAT WAS A PLAN THAT WE HAVE DONE A LOT OF WORK WITH IN OUR ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNITY AND SMALL BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND OTHERS. WE HAVE THE ABILITY AND WE CAN NEVER TAKE FOR GRANTED IN MY MIND WHAT MAKES US SO SPECIAL IN SAN DIEGO WHICH IS OUR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT. OUR ABILITY TO HAVE A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE. WHEN IT COMES TO THE ISSUES OF CLIMATE ACTION I THINK OUR PLAN IS A BOLD ONE, NUMBER ONE. ON THE OTHER PARTS OF SUSTAINABILITY, SOMETHING I'M SPENDING A LOT OF TIME ON RIGHT NOW, SRP WATER PROGRAM. AND MOVING INTO WATER RECYCLING. WE HAVE ONE OF THE MOST AMBITIOUS PROGRAMS IN THE ENTIRE STATE. SOME FOLKS HAD THOUGHT THAT FOR LONG TIME AND THAT IS FINE BUT THE KEY TO US HERE IN SAN DIEGO IS NOT TO BE DEPENDENT UPON METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT UP IN LOS ANGELES. IT IS FOR US TO CREATE AND CONTROL OUR OWN LOCAL WATER SUPPLY AND ARE PURE WATER PROGRAM AND THE WORK THAT WE'RE DOING WITH A LOT OF OUR ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNITY IS GOING TO BE AND NATIONAL MODEL. ONE THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE VERY KIND OF. THE ATTITUDES TO THAT, TO DRINKING RECYCLED WATER HAVE REALLY CHANGED. THEY HAVE. YOU ARE NOW IN A POSITION [ INDISCERNIBLE - MULTIPLE SPEAKERS ] IT IS GREAT TO SEE. AND I WAS ONE OF THE FOLKS THAT LETS SAID -- THAT SAID LET'S HAVE -- LET'S LET SCIENCE DETERMINE WHERE WE ARE AND HOW WE MOVE FORWARD. I WAS UP IN SACRAMENTO MEETING WITH GOVERNOR. BROWN AND SOME OF THE STATE FOLKS IN THE WATER LEADERSHIP SAYING WE NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE ON HELPING TO EXPEDITE THE APPROVALS THAT WE NEED TO DO BECAUSE WE ARE READY TO GO. THIS IS WHEN WE DO IT, NOT IF WE DO IT, WHEN WE DO IT WE ARE GOING TO CREATE THE THIRD OF OUR WATER SUPPLY HERE LOCALLY. WHAT A PREDICTION BUT WHEN WE WOULD DO IT? IT IS GOING TO GET DONE. FIVE YEARS? WE WANT THE APPROVALS DONE BY NEXT YEAR. SO WE CAN BEGIN CONSTRUCTION. THAT IS WHAT I AM, KNOCK ON WOOD, HOPEFULLY WE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO. THERE'S A LOT MORE I WOULD LOVE TO ASK ABOUT ELECTRIC RATES BUT I WANT TO MOVE ON TO THE COUNTY SUPERVISORS THAT ARE PURELY PLANNING TO EXPLORE MAKING A STATEMENT, TAKING A POSITION IN ADDITION TO STORING RADIOACTIVE WASTE LIKE 60 MILES UP THE COAST ON OUR COASTLINE. TO THINK YOU, AS THE MAYOR OF THE CITY, HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY IN THIS SITUATION THAT IS SHAPING UP THERE? I HAVEN'T BEEN FOLLOWING WITH THE COUNTY IS DOING ON THAT. LESTER BOWER ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN ON OUR CLIMATE ACTION PLAN. AND MOVING FORWARD ON RENEWABLE ENERGY ON OUR ZERO WASTE PROGRAM AT THE LANDFILL. SO I AM HAPPY TO ENGAGE IN THOSE DISCUSSIONS AT SOME POINT WE HAVE BEEN FOCUSED ON OUR OWN CLIMATE ISSUES HERE. KIND OF THE OPPOSITE OF ZERO WASTE, HAVING TONS OF RADIOACTIVE WASTE STORAGE 60 MILES UP THE COAST. SO YOU'RE NOT TAKING ABOUT MAKING INCOME STATEMENT ARE GETTING INTO THAT. FINALLY,.COM ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY IT COULD BE LAYING OFF 4700 WORKERS. THEY OF COURSE ARE ONE OF OUR TOP PRIVATE FOR-PROFIT COMPANIES IN TERMS OF EMPLOYERS. YOU HAVE BEEN WORKING VERY HARD TO BRING MORE HIGH-PAYING JOBS. I HAVE BEEN. THANK YOU. HOW DO YOU REACT TO BUSINESS? WHAT WILL NEED FOR SAN DIEGO? QUALCOMM IS GREAT COMPANY. THEY ARE ONE OF THE LEADERS IN OUR INNOVATION ECONOMY. WE WOULD NOT BE WHERE WE ARE AS A REGION WITHOUT QUALCOMM AND WHAT HAVE DONE. I KNOW IT WAS A DIFFICULT DECISION THEY HAVE TO MAKE BUT THEY ARE TRYING TO DO IT TO LOOK TOWARDS THE FUTURE. WE HAVE 10,000 FOLKS THAT WERE CARE IN SAN DIEGO SO A HEALTHY, STRONG QUALCOMM IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME AS MAYOR. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT OR REGIONAL ECONOMY. DO SPEND A LOT OF TIME ON REALLY LETTING FOLKS KNOW SAN DIEGO IS A GREAT PLACE TO NOT ONLY EXPANDED BUSINESS, BUT TO START A BUSINESS THE FACT THAT PEOPLE ARE RECOGNIZING THAT FACT WHERE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JUST NAMED AS ONE OF THE WORLDS SMARTEST CITIES A COUPLE MONTHS AGO, THE FACT THAT FORBES MAGAZINE CAME OUT OF THAT WE ARE ONE OF THE BEST PLACES FOR NEW STARTUP COMPANY TO START IN THE COUNTRY THOSE ARE THINGS THAT I THINK WE ARE ALL PROUD OF AS SAN DIEGANS A PART OF OUR CULTURE OF INNOVATION. QUALCOMM IS BIG PART OF THAT. ARE YOU CONCERNED THESE CUTS MIGHT BE THE SON OF A WEAKENING OF THAT SECTOR? I THINK I SHOULD LOOK AT SOME OF THE THINGS AND THE CHALLENGES THEY ARE FACING OVERSEAS AND INTERNATIONAL I THINK ALL SIGNS POINT TO WE SEE THE EXPANSION OF SO MANY OF OUR INCUBATORS SO MANY OTHERS THAT THIS IS A GREAT TIME FOR SAN DIEGO. I'M VERY CONFIDENT THAT QUALCOMM THE WEATHER WEATHER HAVING TO GO THROUGH RIGHT NOW. THEY ARE A GREAT COMPANY AND DUKE GREAT THINGS IN THE CITY AND PROVIDE THOUSANDS OF GOOD QUALITY JOBS FOR US. YOU COME TO THE END OF OUR TIME TOGETHER. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING IN. ALWAYS A PLEASURE.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer told KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday that the $2.1 million the city agreed to spend on an environmental analysis of a proposed NFL stadium will be money “well-spent.”

Faulconer’s comments come after a Hermosa Beach law firm challenged the city’s plan to develop the environmental impact report for the proposed stadium in Mission Valley. Lawyers from Chatten-Brown & Carstens LLP of Hermosa Beach sent a 34-page letter to stadium planners, urging them to reissue a document called a "Notice of Preparation.”

In the letter, they called for city officials to "develop a full understanding of the environmental consequences" before constructing a stadium.

But Faulconer said the city’s attorney has a “strongly different view.”

“We said it very clearly — we’re going to do it right,” Faulconer said. “We’re going to do it methodically. It’s taking a lot of work.”

Faulconer said ultimately the voters will decide whether they’d like to have a new NFL stadium that could house the San Diego Chargers.

He also touched on other topics during one of his regular visits to Midday Edition.

Speaking at ALEC

Some criticized Faulconer this week when he spoke at the 42nd annual conference of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group that advocates for limited government and free-market initiatives.

In a protest organized by Democrats, labor unions and others, about 1,000 people demonstrated Wednesday against the conference held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.

The mayor said he addressed the conference because it gave him the opportunity to speak to elected officials from throughout the U.S.

“My approach, and I think it’s the right approach, is what’s the best thing we could do for the city?” Faulconer said. “This is part of life and politics.”

Faulconer, a Republican, likened the protests to those that were made when he welcomed President Barack Obama during a San Diego visit.

Qualcomm’s cuts

Qualcomm, a San Diego-based provider of mobile device computer chips, announced this week plans to cut its workforce by 15 percent following a massive drop in net income and revenues.

Although the company employs 5,000 people in San Diego, Faulconer said he believes the company will continue to thrive.

“I’m very confident that Qualcomm will weather through,” Faulconer said. “A healthy, strong Qualcomm is very important to me.”

Mayor Kevin Faulconer On Latest Efforts To Keep Chargers In San Diego