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JACK MURPHY EXPANSION UNDER FIRE; CITY LOOKS TO MOVE AHEAD
Published January 13, 1997
San Diego City Manager Jack McGrory said the city "has no intention of halting construction" at Jack Murphy Stadium, despite "growing community opposition and second thoughts by some council members," according to Barry Bloom of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. City Council is scheduled to discuss pending litigation against the expansion Tuesday. In recent days, "doubts about the expansion have been voiced by many council members," and Councilmember Judy McCarty said the expansion plan should be put to a vote. McGrory: "If I thought what we were doing was illegal, I would have never given the green light for construction to begin." The council recently passed an $18M amendment to the original $60M expansion deal, and former Councilmember Bruce Henderson is leading a referendum drive aimed at placing the $18M amendment on the ballot. On Thursday, he filed "the last of more than 60,000 signatures collected in the last month." He has also filed a suit asking a judge to decide if the referendum should include the whole $78M project. The lawsuit also "seeks to halt the project" while the referendum is pending (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 1/11).