Last week, news surfaced of a late push in the state Legislature for approval of an NFL-ready stadium in the city of Industry in Los Angeles County.

The issue appears to have some legs. Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, R-San Diego, issued this scathing press release this morning attempting to make sure that a new stadium couldn’t attract the Chargers from San Diego.

San Diego Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, R-75th District, will propose amendments to AB 81XXX to prevent Los Angeles from stealing the San Diego Chargers. Without this amendment, the proposed legislation will give one Los Angeles community a competitive financial advantage over San Diego to build a professional sports stadium.

In its current form, the legislation names the Los Angeles County City of Industry as the sole benefactor of an exemption from California’s stringent environmental building regulations (CEQA standards) that every San Diego County city must abide by. That competitive advantage will allow the City of Industry to build a state-of-the-art sports stadium and entice California’s existing professional sports teams to permanently relocate to their new facility.

In an effort to protect the forty-eight year relationship San Diego has built with the NFL Chargers franchise, the Assemblyman will ask that AB 81XXX be amended to forbid the City of Industry’s CEQA exemption from being used to relocate any existing California-based professional sports team.


Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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