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Two things:

Greg Smith
  • Looks like San Diego County Assessor Greg Smith is outsky. The man who may be able to speak faster than any person in the county is moving on and trying to arrange for his deputies to take over. Smith announced his resignation Monday and, on county letterhead, asked the Board of Supervisors to appoint his assistant, David Butler, as his replacement and to support his other assistant, Jeffrey Olson, in the 2010 election for assessor.

    Smith’s letter is effusive in praise for Olson.

    Jeffrey is a dynamic individual who has the passion and desire to run for this office and will make an outstanding candidate and future Assessor.

    The guy can do boosterism. Of course maybe we should take his recommendations with a grain of salt. This is also the guy who was trying to persuade everyone to buy a home in the middle of 2006.

    “I think the fundamentals are strong,” he said. “We don’t have a recession, we have job growth — I don’t see the dark clouds out there, I really don’t.”

  • Chula Vista breaks my heart. If you missed the budget presentation they are giving, here it is. Some smart people need to go through that and see if it all adds up.

    I’m going to try to speak with interim City Manager Scott Tulloch. I would be surprised if the City Council actually decided to lay off firefighters and police officers. But this is how serious it’s getting down there. City officials may not declare bankruptcy, but they’ll have to cut everything down to the bone to be able to continue to pay their debt obligations.

    Stay tuned on this one.

SCOTT LEWIS

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