Mayor says he's not stalling on Chargers plan

Posted at 5:48 PM, May 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-23 20:48:36-04

The Chargers are continuing to gather signatures to place their proposal for a new downtown stadium-convention center on the November ballot, but San Diegans still don't know Mayor Kevin Faulconer's position on the measure. 

The team wants to raise the city's hotel tax from 12.5 to 16.5 percent to help pay for the $1.8 billion venue, proposed for just east of Petco Park. 

Faulconer said it would make for one of the largest bond issues in the city's history.

"My job is to do our homework, and get it right," he said in an interview with 10News. 

The mayor said he's continually meeting with the Chargers and tourism officials.

"When it comes to our tourism industry and growing our tourism industry, that's one of the most important aspects of this proposal," Faulconer said.

But a few Charger fan groups are calling for a boycott on some local hotels. They claim the hotel industry doesn't want the tax raised to pay for a new stadium and has too much influence over politicians through campaign contributions. Others speculate Faulconer won't take a position before the June 7 primary election. 

Asked if he's stalling, the mayor said too many questions remain.

"I'm saying we have to make sure we're bringing everybody together to ask the tough questions, and that's exactly what we're doing," he said.

The Chargers have until mid-June to collect nearly 67,000 signatures to place the new stadium measure on the November ballot.