Voters approved Proposition 1, a plan to raise sales taxes to help fund MetroLink expansion, but rejected Proposition 2, a plan that would have increased a tax on business purchases from out of state to fund a soccer stadium near Union Station.
Mike Stone, the lead partner in Goal SD, says the group wants the voters to have the final say on what happens to the Qualcomm site.
MLS supporters put a lot of pressure on voters, with league commissioner Don Garber expressing support for the league in St. Louis at a pep rally at Ballpark Village last week.
Waiting for San Diego to vote on November 7 would push the decision toward the end of that timeline, though MLS spokesman Dan Courtemanche told the Union-Tribune on Tuesday that the league still plans on announcing its next two expansion teams by December 31.
Proposition 1 passed easily, garnering 60 percent of the vote, but Proposition 2 could not get the necessary support from voters in the city despite stadium advocates spending $1 million in support of the St. Louis stadium vote, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
"After months of claiming a decision had to be made immediately, a clear overreach on the part of FS Investors, I am glad that today we can take a breath and devote time to reviewing all the impacts of this project and considering all the opportunities for how to best redevelop this site, rather than needlessly rushing to a decision", Joe LaCava, a community planner and one of the leaders of the Public Land, Public Vote Coalition, said. A simple majority is required for passage. The Chargers ultimately relocated to Los Angeles, joining St. Louis' former National Football League team, the Rams, in California's largest city.
The St. Louis proposal ran directly into that issue, along with the fact that the city would be shouldering the cost of the stadium alone.
In the plan, FS Investors would demolish Qualcomm Stadium - the former home of the NFL's Chargers, who are set to play their first year in Los Angeles after leaving San Diego in January - and replace it with a soccer stadium and mixed-use development. SDSU officials have outlined some objections to the project, including whether eventual expansion of the replacement stadium would be too costly.