San Diego Leaders Call on Chargers to be a Willing Partner in Stadium Negotiations

Mayor: "If San Diego is their first choice, we need them to reengage."

San Diego - Today Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer held a news conference with City Attorney Jan Goldsmith and County Supervisor Ron Roberts to provide an update on stadium negotiations with the Chargers.

Mayor Faulconer said the City-County negotiating team has offered multiple legally sound options to hold a public vote on a new stadium project and meet the timeline set forth by the NFL and the Chargers. He said the team has criticized every proposal put forward without offering any alternatives.

"Our voice has been very clear," Mayor Faulconer said of the City-County team. "We are united in getting a fair deal done. And then there's the Chargers' voice. They say that San Diego is their first choice, but actions speak louder than words. San Diego is offering solution after solution. The team has only offered criticism without any alternatives."

Mayor Faulconer called on the Chargers to begin discussing the finances of a stadium agreement.

"In negotiations - despite our repeated urging - the Chargers have declined to discuss financial terms," Mayor Faulconer said. "The Chargers cannot sincerely claim to act in good faith when they won't even discuss dollars and cents. If San Diego is their first choice, we need them to reengage. It's time for the Chargers ownership to show San Diegans that they want to remain in their hometown."

The City-County negotiating team also announced that it intends to discuss San Diego's financial framework and timeline with the NFL.

View the entire news conference.

Read Mayor Faulconer's full statement below:

"Since these stadium negotiations began, there has been a lot of back and forth between attorneys and spokespeople about how these talks are going."

Today I'd like to share with San Diegans the simple facts about where we stand on a new stadium, and where we go from here.

The City and County have presented to the Chargers multiple options that would result in a special election before June.

These options were developed by City and County legal leadership, as well as California's leading expert in compliance with state environmental law.

The Chargers have apparently declined to pursue the multiple solutions we have offered, despite the fact that these solutions meet every requirement that they requested.

This is just the latest in a long line of good faith efforts San Diego has made to keep the Chargers here.

The Chargers have made many requests, and we have diligently worked to meet those in a way that's not only responsible, but also in the best interest of the public.

Chargers ownership asked for local leaders to create and back a stadium plan, and in February asked for that plan to be sped up.

The Citizens Stadium Advisory Group presented a plan in record time - the first comprehensive plan ever produced, with a financial framework that would not raise taxes.

Chargers ownership said there needs to be a regional effort to build a new stadium.

We joined forces between the City and County to bring on nationally-recognized stadium experts to begin negotiations.

Chargers ownership said they wanted an election before June 2016 and a full environmental analysis of the stadium plan.

Yesterday we presented them a solution to do just that, by having City planners work around the clock to produce an environmental impact report by October. And, of course, if they don't like that option, they can launch their own citizens' initiative in San Diego, just like they did in Carson.

We have been working diligently to keep the Chargers in San Diego, while the team has been working on their plan to move to Los Angeles.

Every step of the way, we have worked within the timeline the Chargers have requested, while at the same time respected the will of San Diegans to not to raise taxes.

Like I said, there has been a lot of back and forth about the complicated details of a stadium plan.

Our financial and legal experts say that our proposals are rock solid.

The Chargers have not brought alternatives to the table.

I want San Diegans to know that at the end of the day, there are only two voices that matter.

There's San Diego's voice. And our voice has been very clear. We are united in getting a fair deal done.

And then there's the Chargers' voice.

And they say that San Diego is their first choice.

But actions speak louder than words.

San Diego is offering solution after solution.

The team has only offered criticism without any alternatives.

This morning across our region, fans are asking if the Chargers have any intention to stay here.

So we challenge the Chargers to prove them wrong, and to come back to the table to keep the talks going.

We need more than an open dialogue. We need to continue negotiations.

In negotiations - despite our repeated urging - the Chargers have declined to discuss financial terms.

The Chargers cannot sincerely claim to act in good faith when they won't even discuss dollars and cents.

If San Diego is their first choice, we need them to reengage.

It's time for the Chargers ownership to show San Diegans that they want to remain in their hometown.

So what happens next?

Generations of fans love the Chargers. And San Diego is not giving up.

Throughout this process, the NFL has been forthright with us.

We intend to discuss our financial framework and timeline with the NFL in the coming days and weeks so they can hear directly San Diego's ability to approve a stadium plan in a timely manner.

These negotiations have not been easy, but we have remained positive because we are confident in every proposal we have offered.

"There is no doubt this can get done if we have a willing partner."

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