Only one thing was certain about the Chargers downtown stadium plan Wednesday, it was divisive. Here was some of the local reaction to the proposal.
I know many people still
think the Chargers should
pay for 100% of a new stadium. But they are letting the city own/use it 96% of the time.
— Ben Higgins (@BenHigginsSD) March 30, 2016
— Sarabeth Pollock (@SarabethPollock) March 30, 2016
— Change the Padres (@ChangeThePadres) March 30, 2016
Here's what I do not comprehend about this San Diego Chargers release of a new Citizen's Initiative for a... https://t.co/W0NcaU1jm3
— Derek Togerson (@DerekNBCSD) March 30, 2016
#Chargers stadium initiative plan refers to "personal seat licenses/stadium builders licenses" w/o mentioning specifics. You stoked, fans?
— Bernie Wilson (@berniewilson) March 30, 2016
— Scott Lewis (@vosdscott) March 30, 2016
Once again, it appears the Chargers have chosen the path of most resistance. At first glance, I am not encouraged.
— Scott Sherman (@CMScottSherman) March 30, 2016
I am curious how many Council people hit "send" on their prepared statements on Chargers plan before reading it in it's entirety
— Marty Caswell (@MartyCaswell) March 30, 2016
Fact that #Chargers released their combined stadium and convention center plan - but didn't do it jointly with ConvCenter folks, is telling.
— Ken Farmer (@kfarmer4444) March 30, 2016
— The Mighty 1090 (@Mighty1090) March 30, 2016
— April Boling (@AprilBolingSD) March 30, 2016
— Ray Ellis (@RayEllis_SD) March 30, 2016
Mayor Kevin Faulconer said: "After more than a decade, the Chargers are putting forward a plan of their own and San Diegans may finally have the ultimate say on a new stadium in November. The convention center element makes this proposal more than a stadium and the long term future of San Diego's tourism economy is now intertwined in this plan. As always, my top priorities are to protect jobs, protect taxpayers and do what's right for all San Diegans. I will evaluate the proposal's details through that lens."
Councilman Todd Gloria said: "I want the Chargers to stay, just like most San Diegans do, but not at any price. My understanding of the Chargers' proposal is limited to what they published today. After briefly reviewing the document, I have many questions about how this plan will impact the City and its residents. Like every taxpayer, I look forward to hearing from the team's owner how the details of this deal advance the public's interests. Ultimately, professional football is a private business and voters should consider the Chargers' stadium plan accordingly."