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The city’s moving forward with a $2.1 million environmental impact study on the site of a potential new Chargers stadium. Then it’ll have to present its findings to the NFL, in the hopes the league will then tell the Chargers to come back to the negotiating table with San Diego officials.

But there are two ways the city could speed things up.

First, they could run what’s called a citizens initiative, where voters gather signatures to put a measure on the ballot. If it passes, the city could forget about doing an environmental review, and instead let that public support stand on its own.

Another option would be to get help from Sacramento, in the form of special legislation that would allow San Diego to expedite legal challenges.

On this San Diego Explained, NBC 7’s Catherine Garcia and Scott Lewis talk through those options and why the city isn’t following through on them.

Catherine Green

Catherine Green was formerly the deputy editor at Voice of San Diego. She handled daily operations while helping to plan new long-term projects.

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