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City Council Pres Tony Young vows to push ahead with redevelopment projects

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego city officials on Thursday vowed to push ahead with redevelopment projects after Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to eliminate local redevelopment agencies fell one vote short in the state Assembly.

City Council President Tony Young said he would continue to search for ways to move forward with building a new sports stadium for the San Diego Chargers, expanding the downtown convention center and supporting the Southeastern Economic Development Corporation's plans for Valencia Business Park.

Young said he will work with Chargers officials and sports boosters to keep the team from moving to another city and will place an item on an upcoming City Council docket so "local residents, civic leaders and sports team owners can all huddle up and consider more plays to keep professional sports in San Diego."

If lawmakers vote to eliminate redevelopment agencies, "lawsuits galore are guaranteed," Young said.

"We will not stop demanding that the state retain redevelopment agencies and keep its hands off of our local tax dollars," he said. "I see every day, not only in my district but all around this city, how redevelopment agencies serve as effective economic engines."

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