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Volume 24 No. 112
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Ballot Initiative For New San Diego State Univ. Football Stadium Begins Saturday

The ballot initiative to build a west campus for San Diego State Univ. in Mission Valley -- which includes a new football stadium -- "will kick off Saturday with signature gathering" at the Fresno State-SDSU game, according to Roger Showley of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. The SDSU West Steering Committee "hopes to collect about 110,000 signatures by December and submit them to the county registrar of voters for certification." If at least 71,646 signatures from San Diego city registered voters are "deemed valid, the proposal would go before the City Council next spring to be approved or placed on an upcoming ballot, either the June 5 primary or the Nov. 6, 2018, general election." The same process was "followed earlier this year by La Jolla-based FS Investors to qualify its SoccerCity development plan for the stadium site." Both proposals "include a new stadium that would replace" the 50-year-old San Diego County Credit Union Stadium. Political consultant Tom Shepard, who is overseeing the campaign, said that four tented booths "will be erected in the SDCCU Stadium parking lot Saturday afternoon, where voters can sign petitions" before the game. Nearly 75 gatherers will "fan out at grocery stores, shopping centers and other locations to gather signatures during the day and then continue the drive over the next 10 weeks." Shepard said that about $700,000 "has been collected so far for the campaign." SDSU, which has "terminated joint-use discussions with FS Investors, is seeking a 35,000-seat stadium that could be shared with professional soccer and other sports." Its $150M tentative cost "would be covered by state bonds, donations and other sources." It would be open by '22, "barring any unforeseen delays" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 10/20).