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SAN DIEGO COUNCIL SOLICITS OUTSIDE HELP IN STADIUM TALKS
Published January 8, 1998
The San Diego City Council has "secretly hired high- powered consultants from Atlanta and Denver to open financing negotiations with the Padres," according to Barry Bloom of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. Hired to "help represent city government in the negotiations" were Paul Jacobs, the Rockies' attorney when Coors Field was conceived and constructed, and Steve Labovitz, former Chief of Staff under Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell, who handled negotiations for a new arena in Atlanta and oversaw the conversion of Olympic Stadium into Turner Field. Assistant City Attorney Les Girard said the two attorneys will be paid an hourly rate of $225-$250, with a cap of $75,000 each. In related news, city negotiators "met with Padres' officials for the first time last week," while not including the city's ballpark Task Force. Task Force Chair Pat Shea "was clearly chagrined by the developments." Golding said the task force will remain in existence until negotiations are completed and "insisted that the negotiating team's work will complement the task force's efforts" (UNION-TRIBUNE, 1/7).