'Yes on C' supporters go door to door in push to get Chargers stadium message to voters

Posted at 8:55 AM, Nov 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-07 11:55:49-05
SAN DIEGO -- Hundreds of union workers went door-to-door Saturday hoping to garner votes for a new Chargers stadium in downtown.
Members of IBEW 569 wore "Yes on C" shirts and handed out pamphlets about the measure.
If passed, Measure C would raise the hotel tax from 12.5 to 16.5 percent to pay for a new stadium and convention center annex downtown.
“San Diegans are going to get a great new facility. It's going to create 15,000 new jobs, including 6,000 permanent great paying jobs, and it's really going to boost our economy,” said Gretchen Newsom, IBEW 569 spokesperson.
The potential for new jobs is a motivating factor for the union workers to get out the vote.
While some voters plan to say ‘yes’ on C, others don't.
“To be honest I'm voting no,” Andrew Schuer said.
Opponents are worried the project will hurt tourism and cost San Diego big conventions like Comic-Con.
For Andrew Schuer his ‘no’ vote has more to do with the history and memories made at Qualcomm. He says even if the Chargers decide to move to Los Angeles, he'll still support them.
“I've driven by Qualcomm probably a million times and I've always loved that stadium. Inglewood, I think it'd be a good fit for them. I’ll still probably see just as many games a year,” Schuer said.
Right now, the measure needs a two-thirds vote to pass.
On Friday, the Chargers filed a court brief signaling they plan to ask for a simple majority.