San Diego Chargers stadium plan heading to November ballot

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SAN DIEGO (AP) San Diego voters will decide in November on the Chargers' proposal to raise local hotel taxes for a downtown stadium and convention facility.

City Clerk Liz Maland announced Saturday that the football team has secured enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.

If approved, the proposal could keep the team from moving to the Los Angeles area, where it has been approved by NFL ownership to join the Rams in a new stadium being built in Inglewood.

Chargers chairman Dean Spanos expressed appreciation to the more than 110,000 people who signed petitions.

The Union-Tribune reports ( the initiative would raise the city's tax on hotel stays from 12.5 percent to 16.5 percent to finance a $1.8 billion stadium and convention center.

The Chargers would contribute $650 million for the stadium portion.


Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune,