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SAN DIEGO – A visibly angry Mayor Kevin Faulconer told Fox 5 Friday morning that he will continue to fight for a stadium deal in San Diego despite being blindsided by the announcement Thursday that the Chargers are working with the Raiders to build an NFL stadium in Los Angeles County.

Faulconer said that he was taken by complete surprise by the teams’ announcement Thursday night.

‘It explains a lot about a lot of the animosity we saw out of the Chargers. It turns out they weren’t just monitoring things in L.A., they were actively working with the Raiders. You know, San Diegans deserve better,” the mayor said.  “It’s not going to dissuade us from doing our job that we need to do — to put a plan together here in San Diego, and I’m committed to that.”

“The fact that San Diegans had to read about this in the newspaper today, the fact that (the Chargers) have clearly been working on this for nine months – that’s not being upfront. That’s not being honest about your intentions. I’m concerned about our fans here. I’m not concerned about 20 percent of the L.A. fans. I’m going to be standing up for San Diegans and that’s exactly what I’m going to do for the next several weeks,” Faulconer said.

The mayor said getting caught off guard by Chargers’ announcement made it difficult to move ahead with stadium negotiations, but he was committed to working out a local deal.

“It makes it difficult, but at the same time, I’m looking forward to very direct conversations with Dean Spanos, and we’re going to continue to fight for San Diegans, fight to get a stadium deal done here. But you know how you do it? You’re upfront and you’re honest.”

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