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As long as we’re on the Chargers search for a new stadium, here’s a point: I still can’t quite figure out what really happened yesterday.

You might know that I’ve been predicting for a while that the stadium debate would ultimately land in National City along the bay.

How it actually gets to that point may be more interesting than I had imagined.

The port commissioners, having at first expressed skepticism about putting a football stadium next to the bay, sends Commissioner Steve Cushman to study the idea.

Here’s how he understood his job:

My directions were to ascertain if a Charger stadium could be placed on the Port’s 52 acres and under no circumstances could it affect our maritime mission or the elimination of any jobs.

Sounds like a difficult job. Judging from my email inbox after I wrote about this last month, many businesses in the port district are adamantly opposed to putting a Charger stadium there. To determine that they are off base with their concerns seems like quite a chore. But Cushman apparently did it in 30 days.

I believe a stadium could be placed on this property and our maritime mission and our jobs related thereto are secure.

How did he figure that out? I’m calling him to see.

SCOTT LEWIS

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