San Diego Chargers owner Dean Spanos reportedly has a plan for getting a new stadium in San Diego, and it involves evading all that messy mucking about with environmental impact studies and all that and just taking it right to the people, man:
A source close to the Chargers, speaking on the condition of anonymity, confirmed the team’s desire to have a citizen’s initiative be their course of action for whichever site is chosen, be it Mission Valley or Downtown San Diego.
“No matter which site is selected — Mission Valley or downtown — the quickest and most legally defensible way to gain the necessary local environmental entitlements will be through the citizen’s initiative process,” said the source.
This is one of those California things, where voters can just approve stuff over the heads of elected officials, which to Spanos has to be sounding good about now given how he and local elected officials feel about each other. On the other hand, he’ll still face an uphill battle: He has to pick a site and a funding plan by March 24, get 67,000 petition signatures signed by mid-June, and then win an actual public vote in November. (The San Diego city council could also decide to adopt it without ever putting it before voters.)
That’s not impossible, but given how San Diego voters feel about even the $350 million in subsidies in Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s plan that Spanos has deemed insufficient, it’s not going to be easy. He’d better hope the Chargers are on a terrific winning streak come November, or be prepared to spend a whole lot of money on saturation TV ads.