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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The City of San Diego revealed new video Tuesday of a proposed Mission Valley stadium. The video release comes just days after Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani announced that the team will apply in January to move to the Los Angeles area.

A spokesman for Mayor Kevin Faulconer said Monday the city was not surprised by relocation news from the Chargers, but said the city will continue to work with the NFL to keep the team in San Diego.

[RELATED STORY: Chargers plan to file for relocation to Los Angeles]

The latest video (shown above) highlights San Diego’s strengths, such as the lifestyle, weather, beaches, military presence and research institutions. Kansas City-based Populous incorporated unique San Diego elements into its design, such as a shimmering facade that will give off an ocean wavelike effect. The seating areas would be split into valleys and mesas, and set up as neighborhoods to provide distinct fan experiences.

The video, narrated by Hall of Fame sports announcer and La Jolla resident Dick Enberg, shows off various aspects of San Diego for the first minute before the stadium design proposal is revealed.

"With a design that reflects the characteristics people love about San Diego, this new stadium will provide a fan experience unlike any other in the NFL," said Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

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"The Chargers belong in San Diego, and this design captures the spirit of the city they have called home for more than 50 years," Faulconer said. "It embraces San Diego's beautiful year-round weather, coastal lifestyle and reputation as an innovation leader to create an iconic Southern California venue that can host games, events and Super Bowls for generations to come."

CBS News 8 spoke with Fabiani Tuesday regarding the new video, who said don't be fooled:

"You can't build a stadium by producing a video. You have to get down and do the hard work, as we've done in Los Angeles," he said.

Fabiani maintains that the city rushed the Environmental Impact Report, which won't hold up in court and the Chargers aren't willing to take that risk.  

"It's all flash, it's no substance, it's a complete waste of taxpayer's money to produce a video," he continued. "This video is nothing more than an advertisement for the mayor and his re-election. This has absolutely nothing to do with building a stadium."

The Chargers owners have been asking for a replacement for aging Qualcomm Stadium for 15 years, and proposed to build their own facility in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson, in concert with the Oakland Raiders.

The St. Louis Rams have also expressed interest in moving to Los Angeles. NFL team owners are expected to decide which team, or teams, will move late this year or early next year.

The public forum is scheduled for Wednesday, October 28 at the Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The event is free, but fans who want to attend are asked to pre-register online at

[RELATED STORY: Lawyer wants city to restart EIR for new Chargers stadium]

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