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 Wants You To Show Your Support For Ballot Measure C

Take action to make #VoteYesOnC a trending topic on social media.

SAN DIEGO, California – On Wednesday, San Diego City Clerk Elizabeth Maland made public the official ballot designation for the Citizens’ Initiative that would fund the multi-use downtown convention center and stadium facility. Ballot Measure C will be the key ballot measure that will determine the future of the multi-use venue downtown.

“We are excited that the measure is called Prop C. It’s simple for Chargers fans, and we’ll encourage everyone to vote Yes on C,” said David Agranoff of Save Our Bolts.

“This initiative goes beyond the Chargers, since we have a chance to fund this much needed multi-use convention center expansion, which won’t cost local tax payers one dime of their own money. A vote for C ensures that the Chargers, the NFL, and tourists pay for this world-class facility. It just makes sense,” concluded Agranoff.

Save Our Bolts is calling on Chargers fans to take to social media today, this pre-season game day, to show their support for Prop C.

“It’s simple Bolts fans: post a picture of yourself making a “C” with your thumb and index finger and use the hashtag #VoteYesOnC. If all Chargers fans do this, we can get this topic trending. This type of action is simple, but it can show that you’re with the boys on the field and committed to a positive future for all of San Diego,” said Johnny “Bolt Pride” Abundez Hernandez of Save Our Bolts.

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Save Our Bolts Does Not Support Demaio Fantasy Plan

Save Our Bolts does not support former City Councilmen Carl Demaio’s so-called “No Tax” stadium plan.

“This plan has no basis in reality, and furthermore, the community showed overwhelming support for the Chargers current convadium plan by signing 110,000 petitions in record time. The plan we have doesn’t hurt the local taxpayer and shows great responsibility with the funds the Tax on tourists raises by completing two major projections and continuing to fund city marketing. The Chargers plan also has the NFL and Chargers paying for 100% of the stadium something we think is misunderstood.” Said David Agranoff co-founder of Save Our Bolts.

The Demaio plan is pure fantasy. An attempt by a former politician turned radio host to make himself relevant in city politics again. While many aspects sound good on paper several parts of his plan are impossible to implement:

  1. It requires a massive development which will take years to surmount environmental clearances.
  2. It takes naming rights away from team and NFL.
  3. Taking PSL and turning toward a “Fanlord model” isn’t viable, team and stadium are owned by individuals and the city. Not even the Green Bay Packers do this.
  4. It is unrealistic to ask the Spanos family to give up part of their business to a public model. The money from the development partners and hotel owners is high. They could never support this number with any factual analysis.
  5. No money or solutions for SDSU.
  6. Requires money from the Port of San Diego.

While we applaud anyone taking the time to look for solutions we think the time could be better spent supporting the plan that far surpassed the threshold of voter support and will be on the ballot in November.

For media inquiries, contact David at (619) 230-5799 or email Save Our Bolts at info@saveourbolts.org

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Save Our Bolts to endorse Bryan Pease for City Attorney!

Within the last 16 months, the fan activist group Save Our Bolts has been at the center of the fight to keep the 56 year legacy of the Chargers in San Diego alive.  Despite drafting a citizen’s initiative that is friendly to local taxpayers and sees the Chargers paying 100% of the stadium and 65% of the total project, the support from political candidates has been confined to statewide officials.

David Agranoff, Co-founder of Save Our Bolts, thinks he knows why. “First off, many of the candidates have not even read the plan, they cite reasons for being against the plan that do not even exist. The hotel industry and developers in this city are bankrolling campaigns they want candidates to crush the plan for reasons that benefit their agenda.  One candidate is running on standing up to developers.  Bryan Pease is not afraid to talk about what is good in the plan. We as a bi-partisan organization endorse Bryan Pease for City Attorney.”

Bryan Pease is a California and New York licensed attorney with experience, including in executive roles, in in the government, nonprofit and private sectors.  His background includes working as a state assembly member, a government human rights commission, environmental, consumer and animal protection nonprofits, and as a public interest attorney litigating cases on behalf of vulnerable communities. He has also been an activist for animal protection and environmental causes for over twenty years.

“I am the only City Attorney candidate who has litigated cases on behalf of vulnerable communities, rather than prosecuted such communities or represented developers to find loopholes against providing affordable housing for such communities. I am and always have been a social justice attorney and I am pursuing this position not as a political step but as a way to improve my city,” said Pease.

“Bryan is the best candidate for the job. He has shown in this process he is willing to stand up for what’s right and against the establishment. That looks like something we might need at City Hall to protect the 56 year legacy of the Chargers in San Diego,” added Agranoff of Save Our Bolts.

Contact Information:

David Agranoff – 503-839-9926

Bryan Pease – bryanpease@bryanpease.com or  619-723-0369