SAN DIEGO (CNS) - With polls showing support far below the two-thirds threshold needed for victory, Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos and Mayor Kevin Faulconer Friday called on San Diegans to vote in favor of Measure C.
The city proposition would create the framework for a football stadium and meeting space building project in the East Village, near Petco Park.
Construction and operations would be funded, in part, by a hike in the city's hotel room tax. The levy is currently 10.5 percent on room bills, with a 2 percent fee that funds tourism promotions.
Under Measure C, the additional tourism fee would be eliminated, but the room tax itself would be hiked to 16.5 percent -- necessitating the two- thirds requirement for passage.
The Chargers and National Football League would chip in a combined $650 million toward the project cost.
"It's going to take a few years to get built, but I guarantee you it's something the Chargers, and the city, and the fans and everybody in San Diego will enjoy for years and years to come," Spanos told a crowd at a downtown eatery.
"If you haven't voted, please vote, and if you're not in the city, tell your friends and family to vote in favor of (Measure C)," he said. "We need you to turn out and get this thing approved."
Faulconer also urged a "yes" vote. He reminded the audience that he and his staff worked out a series of safeguards designed to protect the city's general fund against cost over-runs and other potential issues.
The agreement will "ensure a deal that works for San Diego, ensures promotion for our tourism economy, ensures we're not using the city's general fund," Faulconer said.
A poll taken earlier this week of more than 600 likely voters showed that only 40 percent will cast their ballot in favor of Measure C, with 48 percent definitely against.
The poll, conducted by SurveyUSA on behalf of 10News and the San Diego Union-Tribune, showed undecided voters starting to break against the stadium plan.
Two weeks ago, 18 percent were undecided. The "no" side in the latest poll gained five percentage points and the "yes" side just one percentage point.