California may be setting records for budget deficits, but that isn’t stopping it from also setting records for most NFL stadium projects all at the same time. Some recent developments:
- The city of San Diego is about to hire a stadium consultant to explore ways to pay for a new downtown stadium for the Chargers near Petco Park. Chargers stadium czar Mark Fabiani told the San Diego Union Tribune yesterday that the total cost at that site could be less than $800 million, though it’s unclear if he was including land costs — the Union Trib notes that Fabiani had previously indicated that revenue from developing land around a new stadium “would play a big part” (their words) in funding construction.
- Zennie Abraham, a former economic advisor to the city of Oakland, notes that San Francisco came out with an
economicenvironmental impact report for its 49ers stadium plan the same time as Santa Clara issued its EIR, and claims the S.F. report looks better. (Abraham derides the Santa Clara report as “written as if by a snickering, snipping bureaucrat who had no patience with questions.”) Abraham further notes that with two cities in the running, “the NFL will use Santa Clara as a, well, pawn, in the creation of a deal that ultimately works for both the league and the 49ers.” Of course, he could just as easily have said that San Francisco will be used as a pawn to get a better Santa Clara deal. It’s how whipsawing works.
- “Walnut’s most high-profile resident” came out in favor of the new NFL stadium proposal in neighborhing Industry, calling it “a great opportunity to provide a lot of jobs and to be an economic boost for the area.” This famous Walnuttian? Charlie Beck, who was just appointed to be the new chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, notwithstanding that he lives 20 miles from the city limits. (Also, Lance Parrish and Taboo may argue this designation.)