Instead of telling you what happened at San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's media event today, why don't we go straight to the tweets of those that were there (or those that broke the news before it was even announced):
Mayor Kevin Faulconer announces San Diego can get a public vote completed by Dec. 15 if a stadium deal is reached with Chargers.— Eric Williams (@eric_d_williams) June 9, 2015
City Council has until Sept 18th to approve ballot measures for special vote. Special election can be held by Dec 15, 2015— Marty Caswell (@MartyCaswell) June 9, 2015
Faulconer says it would be a city-wide vote and NOT a county vote— Marty Caswell (@MartyCaswell) June 9, 2015
San Diego set 2 propose Dec 15 election 4 Chargers stadium. team though believes earliest an election can occur, due 2 to regs, is April '16— daniel kaplan (@dkaplanSBJ) June 8, 2015
if election could occur in Dec and if proposal met team needs, could keep team in SD. but those are 2 major ifs.— daniel kaplan (@dkaplanSBJ) June 8, 2015
Over the last few weeks, Daniel Kaplan has been acknowledged as Mark Fabiani's "guy". So, if you're wondering how Mark Fabiani feels about this timeline, which is what really matters here, just read those last two tweets.
This is the first time that I can remember where "team sources", with an opportunity to respond to something the Mayor or his group has said or done, decided to go with a hopeful stance. I don't now if it's because they've pressured the Mayor into exactly what they've wanted, or if they're happily surprised with the new timeline, but it's a good sign for San Diego Chargers fans.
Now, Mayor Faulconer has put his reputation on the line, but not really. It's rumored that the NFL is going to move up the date for teams to declare relocation to August (from January), so he doesn't have to make a move unless the Chargers hold back on that (while the Rams take the plunge). It's a classic "Give me a sign of good faith and I'll move mountains for you" scenario, and it was the only real chance the Mayor had of keeping the team in town.