Big things are happening with the San Diego Chargers‘ stadium push, and chief Chargers fan Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune is freaking out, man:
I’m fighting the urge to simply stop writing. This is insane floating on ludicrous lost in a sea of nonsense.
One could argue that that second sentence alone should be argument that Acee stop writing, but anyway, WTF exactly is going on? Here’s WTF:
- Chargers owner Dean Spanos had teamed with attorney Cory Briggs, who is engaged in a petition drive for an expansion of San Diego’s convention center, to combine that plan with their stadium to make a “convadium” project that would require $950 million in hotel-tax subsidies. However, since the Briggs petitions were already written, Spanos would have to put forward his own petition as well.
- City attorney Jan Goldsmith said Monday that the Briggs initiative has numerous legal problems, and he might file suit to block it.
- Briggs announced that he’d settled a lawsuit with local hotels over their ability to effectively tax themselves to pay for a convention center expansion without going to a public vote — in exchange for the hotels agreeing to back his initiative.
- The hotel group issued a statement saying they hadn’t agreed to settle nothing yet.
That’s all a big mess, and the only thing 100% clear is that the Briggs-Chargers coalition, which seemed like a bit of a crazy idea to begin with, is already starting to fall apart, with Acee, at least, now openly advocating that the Chargers throw Briggs under the bus and proceed with their own convadium initiative. Which would probably require a two-thirds supermajority (since it would allocate hotel taxes directly to the Chargers project), which means it would almost certainly never pass, which means…
If you’re prone to conspiracy theories that Spanos is just creating a disaster so he can throw up his hands and move to Los Angeles at the end of the year, today’s a day for you. On the other hand, dueling political interests can easily create disasters all by themselves, so maybe no special plotting was required. I just hope that this all ends with the Chargers opposing their own ballot measure, because we haven’t had one of those in a while.