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San Diego Union-Tribune

Caitlin Rother

Reports find no financial conflicts among members of Chargers task force

September 10, 2002

Abstract:
Chargers officials have said they cannot remain economically competitive if they stay at Qualcomm and have asked to begin negotiations before their contract currently allows. The Chargers' position, and an effort by a group of Los Angeles stadium developers to open negotiations with the team, prompted the formation of the task force.

The Chargers' Qualcomm lease, approved by the City Council in 1995, was intended to keep the team here until 2020. The lease allows the team to re-open negotiations with the city at four points -- and leave as early as early 2004 -- if certain financial conditions outlined in the lease are met.

The Contracts Committee will analyze the Qualcomm lease -- and the Chargers' and the city's obligations under the contract -- and any agreements or documents related to the Super Bowl, which will be held Jan. 26 in San Diego.That committee is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. today at Doyle Recreation Center, 8175 Regents Road, La Jolla.

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Copyright SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE PUBLISHING COMPANY Sep 10, 2002

No member of the San Diego task force exploring the Chargers stadium issue has any significant property interests, gifts, income or investments that would conflict with their work, according to disclosure reports filed with the city yesterday.

The 15 members of the Citizens' Task Force on Chargers Issues were required to disclose:

All interests in real property within two miles of Qualcomm Stadium.

All gifts and income from any person or group that supplies goods or services to the Chargers or is affiliated with the team. All investments and business positions with any person or group that supplies goods and services to the Chargers or is affiliated with the team.

All investments and business positions with any person or group that supplies goods or services to the city for use at Qualcomm. The reports were due yesterday. Reports from two task force members, Ron Saathoff and Patti Roscoe, had not arrived at the City Clerk's Office by 5 p.m. The statements will not be considered late if they are postmarked by yesterday.

Accountant Tim Considine reported a rental property on Camino del Rio South, with a fair market value of $100,000 to $1 million and 50 years left on the lease. The ownership, he wrote, is a 10 percent interest held in a retirement plan with other participants.

Architect Joseph Martinez reported owning a property on North Mountain View Drive worth $100,000 to $1 million.

Several members reported owning stock holdings in companies including Qualcomm Inc., Coca Cola, Pepsico, Kimberly-Clark and Jack in the Box.

Rick Horrow, facility development consultant for the National Football League, is scheduled to make a presentation to the task force Thursday night on the recent history of stadium construction and renovation around the country. Horrow also will discuss NFL economics, the Chargers' economic competitive position relative to other NFL teams, and the NFL's potential role in new stadium construction.

The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. in the War Memorial Building in Balboa Park.

The task force members, who held their first meeting last month, have divided into three committees that will gather and consider information deemed necessary to submit recommendations to the City Council by Feb. 15. Their charge is to determine what, if anything, the city should do to keep the Chargers from leaving town.

The Finance Committee, the Contracts Committee, and the Facilities and Redevelopment Committee are scheduled to hold their first weekly sessions, all open to the public, this week.

The Finance Committee, which met yesterday, is charged with evaluating the Chargers' financial condition and determining whether the team needs a new stadium to remain economically competitive with other NFL teams. Also, it will examine the economic contribution the team makes to the city and will explore possible financing options for a new stadium.

Chargers officials have said they cannot remain economically competitive if they stay at Qualcomm and have asked to begin negotiations before their contract currently allows. The Chargers' position, and an effort by a group of Los Angeles stadium developers to open negotiations with the team, prompted the formation of the task force.

The Chargers' Qualcomm lease, approved by the City Council in 1995, was intended to keep the team here until 2020. The lease allows the team to re-open negotiations with the city at four points -- and leave as early as early 2004 -- if certain financial conditions outlined in the lease are met.

After the Finance Committee meeting yesterday, member Geoff Patnoe said some of his colleagues already seemed skeptical about "whether it should be the responsibility of the city to make a private business like the Chargers financially viable in San Diego by crafting a proposal to build a new football facility for them."

The Facilities and Redevelopment Committee is charged with examining Qualcomm's operations, finances and condition. It will try to determine whether the city needs a new stadium or if Qualcomm could be upgraded. The committee is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. today in the board room at the stadium.

The Contracts Committee will analyze the Qualcomm lease -- and the Chargers' and the city's obligations under the contract -- and any agreements or documents related to the Super Bowl, which will be held Jan. 26 in San Diego.That committee is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. today at Doyle Recreation Center, 8175 Regents Road, La Jolla.

Caitlin Rother: (619) 542-4567; caitlin.rother@uniontrib.com

Credit: STAFF WRITER



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