City Council candidate Anthony Bernal. Campaign photo
City Council candidate Anthony Bernal. Campaign photo

San Diego City Council candidate Anthony Bernal is challenging the San Diego Chargers to come up with a financing plan for a new stadium that doesn’t rely on taxpayer dollars.

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.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.