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Carson City Council approves Chargers, Raiders stadium proposal

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A local City Council has cleared the path for a proposed stadium near Los Angeles that could become home to the NFL's San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders.

The 3-0 vote Tuesday by the Carson City Council marks a significant step forward for plans to lure the NFL back to the Los Angeles area after a two-decade drought without a team in the nation's second-largest media market.

While some have said it is a done deal, Mayor Kevin Faulconer said he is not listening to the critics as he continues the fight to keep the Chargers in San Diego.

"We can not control what's happening or not happening in Los Angeles. We are focusing on what we're doing here in San Diego. I'm working very hard with our citizen advisory group to have a real plan. A real financial effort that makes sense." he said.

The mayor's advisory group has until May 20th to deliver a financial plan, but the council members in Carson will either approve the plans for a joint-stadium, or let the voters decide.

In February, both teams announced they had been working on a join effort to build a 72,000 seat stadium if unable to strike deals for new facilities in their respective cities.

During the Chargers first voluntary practice of the year on Monday, running-back Danny Woodhead said they were not focused on stadium talks.

One big question that has surfaced, however, is regarding whether or not longtime quarterback Philip Rivers will remain with the team.

During an appearance with the NFL network, former Chargers running back Ladainian Tomlinson weighed on the issue.

"I don't know if Philip wants to be there. I think he's lost confidence in the organization," he said.

Rivers has been approached about a contract extension which he has declined, but sources have said he does not want to move to Los Angeles.

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