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The Chargers and the city of Chula Vista met for the first time this morning in the team’s push for a new football stadium, and City Councilman John McCann says he’s encouraged.

“We really basically wanted to do the first step of allowing the Chargers to do their due diligence on Chula Vista and see what we have to offer,” he said. “This was a first good step, and I think the next step is to basically show them how our city would perform and what potential we would have with him.”

McCann said in an interview this afternoon that financing specifics weren’t discussed.

The team has also met with officials from the county. Unable to complete a deal with the team, the San Diego City Council voted earlier this month to allow the Chargers to negotiate with other parties in San Diego County. On Jan. 1, the team can begin to speak with parties nationwide (or even worldwide, we suppose).

HomeFed Corp., a residential homebuilder based in Carlsbad, owns 3,000 undeveloped acres in the Otay Ranch area of Chula Vista and has expressed interest in working a stadium deal.

McCann said he attended the meeting with Chula Vista Mayor Steve Padilla, team President Dean Spanos and team special counsel Mark Fabiani.

ANDREW DONOHUE

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