Carson NFL Stadium Backers get 14,000 Ballot Initiative Signatures


A rendering shows a new NFL football stadium proposed for Carson by the owners of the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders. (Manica Architecture)

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The plan to build a $1.7-billion stadium for the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders in Carson moved ahead Saturday as backers collected more than 14,000 signatures in support of a ballot initiative for the project.

Organizers of the petition drive, bankrolled by the Chargers and Raiders, originally expected it to last until mid-April. Instead, they needed just eight days.

“The signature-gathering effort, which moved forward at an unusually rapid pace, revealed an extremely high level of support for the stadium project in Carson,” said Mark Fabiani, point man on stadium issues for the Chargers.

The signatures, about twice as many needed to qualify the initiative for a public vote or consideration by the Carson City Council, continued the quickening pace of the competition to return the National Football League to the Los Angeles area.

A rival stadium project in Inglewood, backed by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke, gathered more than 22,000 signatures for its ballot initiative during three weeks in January. Last month, Inglewood’s City Council unanimously approved the initiative.

The initiative process allows zoning changes for the stadiums to bypass lengthy and expensive environmental review.

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