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Chargers chatter with Ron and Kev

“The Spanos family wants to stay in San Diego,” says county supe on radio show

Ron Roberts and Kevin Faulconer
Ron Roberts and Kevin Faulconer

In an exclusive interview with sports-talk jocks Scott Kaplan and Billy Ray Smith of AM 1090’s Scott & BR Show, San Diego County supervisor Ron Roberts disclosed the events of the January 29 closed-door meeting between Roberts, mayor Kevin Faulconer, and Chargers owner Dean Spanos. The two city officials were invited to the Spanos home unaware of what the day’s talks would reveal.

“He likes San Diego. His family likes San Diego,” Roberts reiterated, “the Spanos family wants to stay in San Diego.”

Roberts called the outcome “a roll-up our sleeves moment,” and laughed when he said, “I call it the ‘Lazarus Project,’ because it keeps coming back.”

When Kaplan asked the county supervisor if location was on the table — meaning Mission Valley versus downtown — Roberts said that Mission Valley remains the city’s preferred location for a Chargers stadium, while it is common knowledge that the Chargers camp is pulling for a downtown site.

Kaplan speculated that the savvy Spanos could be stalling the Oakland Raiders and that team’s owner, Mark Davis, from making any moves on San Diego, as it is the latest in ongoing national chatter surrounding San Diego’s appeal as an NFL location.

Roberts dismissed Kaplan’s remark and stated that Spanos and the two city officials were not talking about 2016 but a long-term deal between the Chargers and San Diego.

With that, Kaplan likened today’s news and its future implications to a pro wrestling match. “It’s a loser-leave-town match, Mr. Roberts…either the Chargers go or we do.”

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In an exclusive interview with sports-talk jocks Scott Kaplan and Billy Ray Smith of AM 1090’s Scott & BR Show, San Diego County supervisor Ron Roberts disclosed the events of the January 29 closed-door meeting between Roberts, mayor Kevin Faulconer, and Chargers owner Dean Spanos. The two city officials were invited to the Spanos home unaware of what the day’s talks would reveal.

“He likes San Diego. His family likes San Diego,” Roberts reiterated, “the Spanos family wants to stay in San Diego.”

Roberts called the outcome “a roll-up our sleeves moment,” and laughed when he said, “I call it the ‘Lazarus Project,’ because it keeps coming back.”

When Kaplan asked the county supervisor if location was on the table — meaning Mission Valley versus downtown — Roberts said that Mission Valley remains the city’s preferred location for a Chargers stadium, while it is common knowledge that the Chargers camp is pulling for a downtown site.

Kaplan speculated that the savvy Spanos could be stalling the Oakland Raiders and that team’s owner, Mark Davis, from making any moves on San Diego, as it is the latest in ongoing national chatter surrounding San Diego’s appeal as an NFL location.

Roberts dismissed Kaplan’s remark and stated that Spanos and the two city officials were not talking about 2016 but a long-term deal between the Chargers and San Diego.

With that, Kaplan likened today’s news and its future implications to a pro wrestling match. “It’s a loser-leave-town match, Mr. Roberts…either the Chargers go or we do.”

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Spanos will like San Diego even more if they agree to more than a $350 million public contribution to the cost of a new stadium.

Jan. 31, 2016

With the stock market having its worse yearly start since the 08-09 melt down, and last year's returns well below expectations, this coming fiscal year's pension annual REQIRED contribution for both the City and County's systems will be substantially larger.

Combine that with all of the deferred maintenance needs of both and it's hard to see where Mr. Roberts AND Mr. Falconer would find the money to subsidize a billionaire owner's football team.

Maybe the more appropriate question is WHY should the taxpayers of San Diego, the ones who need the services, and the roads that government is suppose to be providing... Why should we be subsidizing a privately owned business. And, according to Forbes Magazine, the owner and most of his peers are billionaires?

Feb. 1, 2016

No surprises here, I'm afraid. This sickening toadying to the Spanos gang is just what I was expecting. As JW says, with all the funding shortfalls and unmet basic needs in the city, how can anyone talk of putting tax dollars into a stadium? That's even more absurd when the city HAS a stadium already. My belief has been that Deano is shopping the team as we sit here, done with maximum discretion, and that he needs more time to find a multi-billionaire to take it off his hands. My prediction is that he will succeed, but it isn't clear just when.

BTW, does anyone else see the resemblance between Ronnie and Kevboy? They look like clones, and may just be space aliens sent here to ruin the city and county. Or is the "space" just between their ears?

Feb. 1, 2016

It could be worse. As long as Mayor Faulconer insists on a public election there is a good chance this be voted down.

It the Mayor bypasses the election then that is a really bad sign.

Feb. 1, 2016

If our Mayor choose to bypass the electorate on a new stadium vote he will run afoul of the City Charter and 1998's Prop E passed by the voters.

While some claim the Charter section is "vague" the intent of the voters was clear as well as the spirit of the law.

I suspect if a new stadium does come to fruition and a vote is not held, then you can count on the matter being litigated.

Read more about the Proposition at this link: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/20...

Feb. 1, 2016

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