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CHALLENGE TO JACK MURPHY EXPANSION REJECTED
Published October 17, 1996
The CA Supreme Court yesterday rejected a challenge to the expansion of Jack Murphy Stadium by a 5-2 vote, according to Philip LaVelle of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. Top city officials "hailed" the move as further "judicial endorsement" of government use of lease-revenue bonds, "a popular method of paying for major projects without two-thirds voter approval, a requirement for traditional municipal debt." The decision "opens the door" for the delayed expansion project to begin -- "provided City Hall receives the approval, currently being negotiated, of Padres management." City Manager Jack McGrory said if an expedited construction schedule begins by early January, the project could be completed by September 1, in time for the Chargers' '97 regular season. McGrory said San Diego's '98 Super Bowl plans are still in tact (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 10/17).