Bernal said he is a football fan himself, and would like to keep the Chargers in San Diego, but not at the expense of taxpayers.
“We have been discussing the possibility of a new stadium in San Diego for years now,” Bernal said Wednesday. “San Diegans are making it very clear that they love the Chargers but improving our crumbling infrastructure is a much higher priority.”
Bernal said a campaign survey showed that 69 percent of voters do not want to use taxpayer dollars to build a new stadium.
“If the Chargers really want to build a stadium in San Diego, we have to come up with a proposal that doesn’t ask taxpayers to choose football over infrastructure,” he said, adding that he is committed to working with the Chargers to find a solution.
Bernal, an aide to Councilman Todd Gloria, is running in the 3rd District, which includes downtown, Hillcrest, North Park and Mission Hills.