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JACK MURPHY EXPANSION UNDER FIRE; CITY LOOKS TO MOVE AHEAD

          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). 

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