Dear NFL: Save Our Bolts

On Saturday, while San Diego’s football team is in Cleveland preparing to take the field, fans of the team will gather for a desperation protest to save their team from possible relocation.

“This year on Christmas Eve our Bolts are in Cleveland, a city all too aware of what it is like to lose their team. Casual fans might not realize this but the Cleveland Browns team we face is not the franchise that played in the city most of its history. Cleveland got a new team but, they felt the pain and heartbreak of losing a team in 1996. This left a void for years until the NFL expanded and gave Cleveland a new team. San Diego city leaders and its general public need to understand that unlike Cleveland, we will not get another chance.” said David Agranoff of Save Our Bolts

The organizers of Save Our Bolts, the fan activist and volunteer organization, have written a letter ad-dressed to each of the 31 NFL owners asking them to give the Chargers and the city more time to solve our stadium problem. The group is gathering on the morning of the Chargers game to send off these letters to not only communicate with NFL owners but to put City leaders on notice that action is needed to protect the fifty-six year legacy of Chargers football that is woven into the fabric of our region.

“There are lots of ways you can help, writing letters to your local reps whether it is city council, county supervisor or the Mayor please do. Let them know that you’ll remember what they did or didn’t do next time you vote. You can call or write the NFL the information on saveourbolts.org it only takes a few minutes.” said Shawn Walchef, owner of Cali Comfort BBQ and Save Our Bolts organizer.

Save Our Bolts will gather at the Hillcrest post office (3911 Cleveland Ave, San Diego, CA 92103) Saturday, December 24 at 8am to mail the letters and speak to the media.  For more information, please reach out to David Agranoff or Thomas Powell on Twitter.

As Fans We Ask You for More Time

As the NFL owners met in Dallas yesterday, we as the voice of Chargers fans are calling on the team, the mayor, City Council, and the NFL to come back to the table with serious efforts. We had the City’s plan last year and the team’s plan this year, but, now we’re left with no real, solid plan that can prevent relocation.

We know it is easy to think of the franchises in California as chess pieces, in this high stakes games sometimes the NFL owners miss the core fuel that lights the fire of the league – fan passion. With almost six decades of loyalty, San Diego should not lose its team and deserves true leadership from the team and our elected officials.

We feel the fans concerns are being ignored. We know The NFL is a private corporation but we drive the NFL. We make the NFL work. We are merchandise sales. We are the ticket sales. We are the ratings that generate the massive TV deals.

We are pleading with the owners to extend the Chargers LA offer at least one more year to give our city a chance to close the deal. You may be familiar with our friends in Crown Downtown, it took them 3 tries to get an arena built. We ask that the NFL give us the same time frame to do the same. We understand the perception after the failed C vote and how that may seem like the last ditch effort. We thank the Spanos family for their efforts on Measure C, but, it was doomed to fail. San Diego County outside of the City limits is home to the largest population of local fans and they were not included in the vote. The high threshold for a tax increase was not a realistic possibility and should not seal the fate of professional football in this community who has been loyal to the Chargers for decades – even before the Spanos family even bought the team.

We have a unique natural environment that makes it ideal for championship games. We believe the value of the market is worth the long fight.

The Chargers in LA might solve the problem of where the team plays but will doom the franchise to try and build a fan base in a city already struggling to support one team. It will crush the existing fan base many of whom with not follow the team. We understand outside of California it seems like a short drive – what is the big deal? Imagine asking Yankees fans to follow the team to Boston or Philadelphia.

Granting relocation at this time and refusing an extension will only serve to hurt the fans that make the NFL Sundays so special. Many local businesses that thrive on their relationship with the team will also fail. We represent and support them too.

As Save Our Bolts, we call on City Leaders to act now and the NFL to give us the time finish what we have started.

Thank you kindly,
Save Our Bolts

Chargers To Honor Fan Activists on Sunday

Looking back to early 2015, the first Save Our Bolts meeting had less than 10 fans show up to a Mission Valley Starbucks and discuss how to save the team they were devoted to. Before the battle for Los Angeles, Carson2gether madness, CSAG forums or measure C, it was just a couple of fans trying to do what they could to build bridges.


Over the last two seasons, Save Our Bolts has become the voice for Chargers fans in the fight to keep the team in San Diego. It has molded into a strong civic-minded all-volunteer group that wants the team in San Diego for the future. The relationship between the fan groups and the team was at times contentious but now, the team is thanking the volunteers by honoring them on the field.

“This is a huge honor. The Chargers have not picked these twenty-five fan activists for this honor lightly. The people honored worked hard going to public meetings, going door-to-door, writing press releases, including some drafts that never made the cut, endless social media posts, gathering signatures and working campaign booths. They all did hard work behind the scenes for no money or glory,” said David Agranoff, co-founder of Save Our Bolts

Before the December 4th San Diego Chargers home game twenty-five members of Save Our Bolts, San Diego Stadium Coalition, and the Chargers Backers will be honored on the field before the game.

“For a football fan there is no bigger honor, we hope fans will get in the stadium early and cheer loud and proud for the activists who fought for them. The key is that it can be you next time. Anyone can get involved,” said Shawn Walchef of Save Our Bolts and owner of Cali Comfort BBQ.

For more information or media inquiries, please contact Thomas Powell (@tpowell619) or email info@saveourbolts.org

Save Our Bolts Reaction to Election Results: Election Day Another Tough Loss for Chargers Fans

The agony of defeat being a part of sports is a reality all to normal for Chargers fan across the region. November 8th represents a defeat for the entire fan base.

“In a season of heartbreaks this is the worst loss of all but we expect our team to have short memory and fight. That is exactly what we will do. Save Our Bolts is a group of fans who love this team on the best and worst days. The numbers are disheartening but it shows that resources don’t mean anything when the opponents determined to fight this measure were willing to spread misinformation.” said David Agranoff co-founder of Save Our Bolts. “The opposition to the measure constantly used numbers and talking points that didn’t match reality ignoring, for example, the significant portion of the price tag paid by the NFL and the Spanos family. It is hard to overcome such falsehoods.”

Save Our Bolts will continue to work on its mission to keep the Chargers where they belong in San Diego. The fight is not over.

“It has been a tough season, sure winning on the field would have helped, but we are not giving up on the Chargers and we are asking the Spanos family to not give up on us. A great majority of the Chargers fans live in the county and they didn’t have a vote. The vote in no way reflects the true passion for the team in the region.” said Shawn Walchef, owner of Cali Comfort BBQ and Save Our Bolts organizer.

 

Increasing Value Of Surrounding Properties

“Glad our friends in Sacramento, Crown Downtown, fought against the negativity. Now the positive impact of having a world class venue is showing. Wish us luck in our mission to Save Our Bolts in San Diego.” – Johnny BoltPride, Save Our Bolts Co-Founder and Organizer.

Their investment is showing:

“SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – In the short time since construction on the Golden One Center started, Downtown Sacramento property values are up by $180 million, according to the Sacramento County assessor’s office.”

“What we’re seeing right now is really encouraging with the investment that developers and property owners are making in the buildings right around the arena,” he said.

Golden 1 Center Increasing Value Of Surrounding Properties By As Much As $180 Million
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