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San Diego Mayor's Stadium Group Will Hold Public Forum

The Citizens' Stadium Advisory Group has decided to hold a public forum to receive public comment on a plan to build a new stadium for the San Diego Chargers.

The date of the forum has not been determined, advisory group spokesman Tony Manolatos told City News Service Friday.

The nine-member group, appointed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer last month, is not an official city commission so it's not subject to the California open meeting law. Councilmen Todd Gloria and David Alvarez, among others, have criticized that the group's business will not be done in public.


The group held its first meeting Friday and selected Adam Day as chairman. Day is a Sycuan tribal official and a California State University trustee.

Day pledged to give "regular updates so San Diegans are apprised of the process" of selecting a stadium site and way to finance it, Manolatos said.

The group will examine the Qualcomm Stadium site in Mission Valley and a possible stadium combined with the convention center in the downtown area.

After the group met privately Friday, Day spoke to U-T San Diego:

“Our first decision was to host a public forum so we can solicit the ideas of San Diegans. There has been 13 years of public debate and discussion on this question, and we’re going to roll up our sleeves and review all that research, and that will guide and inform our discussion and ultimately our recommendations.”