SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Mayor Jerry Sanders and Chargers President Dean Spanos met Monday to discuss how changes to redevelopment could affect the football team's years-long search for a new stadium site.
According to a jointly issued statement, they also discussed the future of an NFL stadium loan program, which could help with financing a new stadium in San Diego if it remains in place after the league and its players reach a new collective bargaining agreement.
A site near Petco Park is being considered for a football stadium, but financing discussions were based on access to redevelopment funds, which might not be available in the future if a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to phase out redevelopment agencies is passed.
The San Diego City Council recently approved a list of $4 billion worth of redevelopment projects, hoping that giving them a contractual status will protect them from the elimination of redevelopment. The list includes money for cleaning up pollution from the stadium site, currently a bus yard - something that would need to be done no matter what is eventually built there.
The NFL's stadium loan program ran out of money years ago, and reinstating it is reportedly an issue in current labor talks between the league and its players.
The statement from Sanders and Spanos said they will continue to work together as those important issues are resolved.