Posts Tagged ‘San Diego Chargers’
Competitive Edge Research and its President and founder John Nienstedt are best known for their spot-on research about political candidates and ballot measures. But once in a while, Nienstedt admits he’ll indulge his curiosity and add a few questions on a topic of personal interest.
In February he asked people in a nationwide poll what they thought about Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. He shared the research with me at a recent Albondigas San Diego lunch event.
While the blogosphere and Twitterverse foams at the mouth over the spectre of hotelier Doug Manchester’s reported purchase of the San Diego Union-Tribune today, far more attention should be paid to the other key player on this team: former radio station owner and executive John Lynch. When it comes to newsroom operations, John Lynch is likely to have far more influence on the day to day product as president and CEO than Manchester.
According to a new Survey USA poll, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders’s proposed public subsidy for a new Chargers stadium is a tough sell to the public.
In the October 13th poll that surveyed 500 adults in the City of San Diego, 70% of respondents opposed an annual $38 million taxpayer subsidy to fund a new football stadium for 30 years. Among those strongly opposed are Independents (80%), conservatives (77%), Caucasians (75%), and women (75%).
The poll references the “rough estimate” recently floated by Mayor Jerry Sanders as the public’s contribution towards the cost of an $800 million stadium in East Village. The annual amount would cover bond debt payments, and would not require higher or new taxes.
Sorry to be a Scrooge for San Diego sports fans on Christmas Day, but we would all do well to heed the lessons from this story in the New York Times as the San Diego Chargers discuss building a new stadium with the public’s help.
NO tax dollars should ever be used to subsidize a private enterprise. I’m a Chargers fan – who isn’t? – and I’ll be wearing my blue & gold for today’s game. But unless the Chargers are also willing to share their profits with their investors, we must stand firm as taxpayers and say NO SUBSIDIES! We can hardly afford to make the kind of mistakes made in Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Milwaukee.