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S.D. MAYOR SAYS QUALCOMM IMPROVEMENTS NOT GOLDING HAPPEN

          San Diego Mayor Susan Golding said that the city "isn't
     about to spend an additional" $20M for more improvements to
     Qualcomm Stadium to win another Super Bowl, according to Ray
     Huard of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE.  Golding said that she
     asked NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue "point blank" if the
     NFL was "demanding major stadium renovations" to be
     considered for the 2002 game, and he said "no."  In a letter
     to Golding, Tagliabue wrote that "there is no requirement
     for a community to invest a specific amount of money to
     upgrade its stadium or make other financial commitments to
     the NFL" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 4/1).  
          PADRES PLANS: Also in San Diego, Roger Showley wrote of
     a new plan to build a $1B Padres ballpark by Mission Bay. 
     The proposal calls for a complex surrounded by hotels,
     offices, shops, sports facilities and entertainment venues. 
     Unlike the earlier Centre City East plan, local developer
     Richard Chase "quietly proposed" to the Padres that the park
     "would sit on publicly owned port tidelands and be financed
     privately."  Mayor Golding called the plan "interesting
     enough that we should spend a few weeks on it so we can
     determine whether it is feasible."  Padres President Larry
     Lucchino called the plan "intriguing" (UNION-TRIBUNE, 4/1).

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