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Garcetti discusses L.A. plans with Raiders, Chargers officials

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti met with officials from the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders June 30 to discuss the possible return of one or more NFL franchises to the Los Angeles area.

Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos and Raiders owner Mark Davis requested the meeting with the mayor, Garcetti spokesman Jeff Millman told City News Service.

In a prepared statement, Millman said Garcetti “would welcome a team anywhere in the Los Angeles area.”

He added that the mayor’s office is “mindful that the Chargers, Raiders and [St. Louis] Rams are still actively discussing stadium deals in their current cities and the NFL has not yet approved a team moving to the Los Angeles area.”

Millman said the meeting was not held to talk about a potential football site in downtown Los Angeles or within city limits. The city and AEG had an agreement for construction of a stadium adjacent to the Los Angeles Convention Center, but were unable to lure an NFL team to the site.

The Chargers and Raiders are working jointly on a possible stadium in Carson, if the teams can’t reach stadium deals in their respective cities.

Rams owner Stan Kroenke is moving forward with a planned stadium on the site of the former Hollywood Park racetrack in Inglewood.

While Garcetti was meeting with team officials, the NFL began conducting a search for a temporary stadium in the area.

The league issued proposal requests to multiple venues in Southern California, including the Coliseum and Rose Bowl, with the intent of securing a temporary home for one or more teams for the 2016 season in the event of a return to the market, the Los Angeles Times reported in an article posted on its website June 26.

Chris Hardart, NFL vice president of corporate development, confirmed the process of issuing requests has begun, The Times reported.

“It is part of the process and an effort to understand all of our options and have a well thought-out plan if a team or teams were to be approved to relocate,” Hardart told The Times, declining to identify sites other than the Coliseum and Rose Bowl. In the past, league executives have touted the viability of Dodger Stadium as a potential temporary venue. The StubHub Center in Carson may have been asked to submit a proposal, even though its seating capacity (28,000) is probably too small for an NFL stadium.

The L.A. market has been without a team since 1995, when the Rams moved to St. Louis and the Raiders returned to Oakland.

The league has scheduled a special meeting of NFL owners on Aug. 11 in Chicago to update them on the L.A. situation and to further define the schedule for one or two potential club relocations.