San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders met last week with a football stadium financing consultant hired by the city’s downtown redevelopment agency, the mayor’s calendar shows.

Sanders and his policy advisors met for 30 minutes last Wednesday with Mitchell Ziets of Evolution Media Capital. Ziets was hired last month by the Centre City Development Corp. to determine financing options for a new Chargers stadium.

Team officials said last week the new stadium will require public financing, but will also need a politically difficult change to the amount of redevelopment dollars the downtown agency can spend. Sanders met last month with county Supervisors Dianne Jacob and Ron Roberts, who would need to give tacit approval to the redevelopment deal.

I’ve asked the Mayor’s Office for more information on the meeting as well as made a request for meeting notes and will update when I receive them. I also have a call into Ziets.

Update: Received a couple of e-mails from mayoral spokeswoman Rachel Laing on the Ziets meeting. The meeting included Sanders and five policy advisors. Laing said Ziets provided an overview of NFL and business trends on cities and stadium deals.

“It was just a free-flowing conversation on the NFL trends … as well as what other cities are doing,” Laing wrote. “The conversation provided insight into what will be considered in the report Ziets is producing. That report will be public and available to the media.”


Dagny Salas

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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