CORPORATE WELFARE, NO
The Spanos’ quest for a new stadium or a move to Los Angeles reveals a double standard [“Deano Spanos’ lame-duck Chargers,” Feb. 3]. The NFL and its owners expect taxpayers to dole out corporate welfare—whether money, cheap land, cheap lease, whatever. On the other hand, when it comes to their own money, the NFL and the owners are pretty tightfisted.
I suspect that the Spanoses balked at moving to L.A. because Rams owner Stan Kroenke would charge the going rate on stadium leasing, not the low rates that owners extort from taxpayers. And as far as a new stadium in San Diego, the NFL wouldn’t just kick in megabucks, they would give the Spanoses a loan, which must be repaid with interest. Barring insanity or ignorance by San Diego voters, and then a vote to give corporate welfare to the Spanoses, I think the Chargers are stuck in San Diego indefinitely and without a new stadium. Maybe Dean Spanos should check out St. Louis—they need a team, and they were willing to dish out corporate welfare for a new stadium to keep the Rams.
Dan Jacobs, Mira Mesa
TIRED OF CHARGERS CHATTER
I’m so aggravated that the Chargers were denied the move [“Deano Spanos’ lame-duck Chargers,” Feb. 3]. Now we’re stuck with fresh waves of chatter for another, what— one, two, five years? Case in point: CityBeat printed no fewer than two pieces about it in the last issue. A local mouthpiece, er, news channel puts on an “exclusive” interview with Spanos right after the Super Bowl. Soon the mayor will hire new lobbyists to “negotiate” and “investigate the viability.” There will be a new “task force.” You name it.
And money will quietly slip out of the city’s general fund, not for a stadium, but merely the discussion about a stadium. What’s killing me is not the possibility that we’ll get hung with a massive chunk of debt so that a billionaire who doesn’t give a crap about this city doesn’t have to spend his own money. It’s having to listen to all the idiotic blabbing, lies and propaganda along the way as they try to move that middle third of voters, and knowing that the mayor and his drones will likely use our money to fund it all.
Bill Shaw, Clairemont
DON’T LET THE DOOR…
Wouldn’t it be cool if San Diego did to the Chargers what truly smart parents do the minute their kids leave the house? Y’know, rent out their room. “So, sorry, Deano, but you dissed the folks and split, and they needed the money, so you need to find a parking lot or a grassy knoll elsewhere to play.” Wouldn’t it be cool if the Chargers had nowhere to play? It would be the best thing for them…a completely undefeated season. Only way they’ll ever have one.
Carl M. Hancock, San Diego
A STADIUM FOR 2022
Someone should make exact measurements and see exactly where it is possible to shoehorn in a 70,000-seat stadium, with parking. Certain businesses will have to be removed and relocated by eminent domain. One of them is a large bus yard with offices for administration, and an area for maintenance which would have to go somewhere. Say you can find the space and the huge expenditure can be cobbled together by hook and crook. What about the timeline involved? Two-years-plus just to clear the area. Another two-years-plus to build the stadium. None of this is close to being settled yet. Five years or more of constant construction in downtown and where the currently extant enterprises are relocating. Maybe you end up with a new stadium after all the dust settles in 2022. It sounds like a half-baked idea to me. Downtown, Mission Valley, Los Angeles or where? It has been talked about for years with what appears to be negligible progress. Do please make up your mind Mr. Spanos.
Deuel Woodward, Chula Vista
Our Feb. 3 “Neighborhood Watch: Downtown” feature should have more clearly delineated that the annual San Diego Mardi Gras event is produced by McFarlane Promotions Inc.