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San Diego Union-Tribune

NORBERTO SANTANA JR.

Task Force on Chargers offers final report to city

March 7, 2003

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"There's valuable information in this report for whichever path the city chooses to take with the Chargers," said task force member Geoff Patnoe, who represented the San Diego County Taxpayers Association on the panel.

Task force Chairman David Watson said the Chargers' decision this week to pull a contract trigger that allows them to leave the city makes the work done by the panel's contracts committee more relevant.

That committee was made up of attorneys, including Watson, and it offers council members various strategies for muting the negative effects of the Chargers' trigger, he said.



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Copyright SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE PUBLISHING COMPANY Mar 7, 2003

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The City Council received the final report yesterday from the Citizens' Task Force on Chargers Issues. It advises the council to talk to the team and consider leasing the Chargers the 166-acre Qualcomm Stadium site.

The 15-member volunteer panel was appointed by the council in July to explore if there is a fiscally responsible way to respond to the Chargers' call for a new stadium.

In the 85-page report, the task force analyzes council options for enforcing the current contract with the Chargers and says its economic impact on San Diego is $150 million annually. The report also details the condition of Qualcomm Stadium and presents development options for the site.

"There's valuable information in this report for whichever path the city chooses to take with the Chargers," said task force member Geoff Patnoe, who represented the San Diego County Taxpayers Association on the panel.

Task force Chairman David Watson said the Chargers' decision this week to pull a contract trigger that allows them to leave the city makes the work done by the panel's contracts committee more relevant.

That committee was made up of attorneys, including Watson, and it offers council members various strategies for muting the negative effects of the Chargers' trigger, he said.

"They're going to have to adopt a very businesslike approach to this," Watson said.

The council has scheduled a public hearing on the report for March 18. That day, the council also will consider hiring outside attorneys and auditors to handle renegotiation issues with the Chargers.

Norberto Santana: (619) 718-5069; norberto.santana@uniontrib.com

The final report of the Citizens' Task Force on Chargers issues is available online at SignOnSanDiego , the Union-Tribune's Web site, at www.uniontrib.com.



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