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.

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Chris Jennewein

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