SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) - Mayor Jerry Sanders says keeping the Chargers in San Diego is a top priority.
During his State of the City speech Wednesday night, the mayor made it clear that he wants the team to stay.
"The Chargers are San Diego's team, and they belong right here in San Diego County. The current focus is on using the stadium as a catalyst to extend new development east of downtown.
"If there's a deal to be made in which the taxpayers and the Chargers come out a winner, this is the city that can find it," Sanders said.
On Wednesday, the city's downtown redevelopment team voted to spend more money renovating the downtown area.
The Chargers would be a major beneficiary of that redevelopment process if a deal can be reached.
A new venue downtown could cost as much as $800 million, which the Chargers are asking the public to help pay for.