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SAN DIEGO (CBS8/CNS) - The San Diego City Council Tuesday approved a resolution that states the city is "fully committed" to keeping the Chargers football team in San Diego.

The resolution -- which passed on an 8-0 vote -- was introduced five days after the Chargers and Oakland Raiders jointly announced they were working on a plan to build a $1.7 billion stadium in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson in case efforts to create new playing facilities in their home cities didn't bear fruit.

The resolution states that "over the last 54 years the Chargers have been a source of civic pride and inspiration to San Diegans," that "the Chargers have brought home multiple awards, divisional and conference titles to San Diego, and have provided entertainment and enjoyment to generations of San Diegans," and that "the people of San Diego are working in good faith to develop a plan that, if approved by the voters, will provide a home for the Chargers for generations to come."

The document goes on to say that "San Diego remains fully committed to working with the Chargers to keep the team in their rightful home, San Diego."

On Monday night, LaDainian Tomlinson was inducted into San Diego's Hall of Champions Hall of Fame. The former Chargers running back had his own take on the stadium controversy: 

"It comes down to money. The root of the problem is always money.  But I believe Mayor Faulconer really wants to keep the Chargers here in San Diego. I do believe he is the first mayor who has really said that...saying that he wants to get this done. And knowing Dean Spanos like I know him... he is a genuine man and he wants to be in San Diego. He and his family love it here."

Mayor Kevin Faulconer told the council members the resolution is important because the commitment and unity of the City Council is stated on the record.

"That's a simple statement, but it's a very powerful one as we move forward as a community to find a stadium solution," Faulconer said.

Councilman Todd Gloria called it a "symbolic" vote, "which is a start, but it can't be the end."

A smattering of fans attended the meeting but did not speak. Three members of the public asked the council not to spend any public money or give away public land in a deal with the Chargers.

Faulconer met with Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos on Sunday, and the two agreed to work with a nine-member advisory group tasked with selecting a site and financing plan for a stadium. The task force agreed to issue its recommendations within three months, faster than the original fall deadline.

The panel is scheduled to hold an open meeting on Monday to take public input on the issue. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. at Qualcomm Stadium, and is scheduled to be preceded by a rally of Chargers fans at 5 p.m.


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