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COMPLAINT COULD PREVENT JACK MURPHY STADIUM RENOVATIONS

     The deal to keep the Chargers in San Diego for another 25
years is "perilously" close to failing, according to the SAN
DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE.  A complaint filed last month by a group of
local citizens could block the city from issuing $65M in bonds
earmarked for expansion of Jack Murphy Stadium.  Asst City
Attorney Curtis Fitzpatrick said the city would have a hard time
writing and guaranteeing the bond issue as long as the matter is
in litigation.  Further delays in construction could breach the
lease extension signed between the Chargers and the city earlier
this year.  A special open session of the City Council is
scheduled to meet this morning at which City Manager Jack McGrory
is expected to present alternatives.  The litigants want the
bonds approved by voters, but the next election isn't until March
26.  Barry Bloom notes, "considering the franchise flux" in the
NFL, "this bomb couldn't have come at a worse time" (SAN DIEGO
UNION-TRIBUNE, 12/9).
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