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Mayor ignored City Attorney advice when OK'd "Q"s temp name change

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders Saturday said it was "a no-brainer" to ignore advice from the City Attorney's office and approve a temporary name change for Qualcomm Stadium.

The mayor dismissed concerns from the City Attorney's Office that the three-day change to "Snapdragon Stadium" -- to publicize Qualcomm's new smartphone chip -- was illegal.

The mayor said he discounted the city attorney's legal opinion "for the greater good of the community."

The legal opinion had said the move was illegal because the Snapdragon chips were not being sold in the stadium -- a move that prompted Qualcomm to offer the computer processors for sale during three nationally-televised football games this month.

"Helping one of our largest employers execute a creative promotion if a San Diego innovation was a no-brainer," he said in a statement.

The City Attorney;s office said today it had no comment beyond its original legal opinion.

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