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Lots of political news today from all across the spectrum. Be ready for some quick hits.
- We’ll start off with pensions. A San Diego County Employees Retirement Board decision to contract out its investment manager position means its new financial manager could make more than $1 million next year, the U-T reports. The manager would be in charge of a $6.3 billion system, but would be earning more than investment managers for the state employees pension fund and the state teachers pension fund, which are both more than 18 times larger.
- Moving to the city, San Diego will stop charging landlords a business tax processing fee following an appeals court decision that called the fee unconstitutional. The plaintiff’s attorney in the suit said he might need to file another to get the processing fee stopped for all business taxes.
- Former Southeastern Economic Development Corp. finance director Dante Dayacap, who was involved in the $1 million-plus bonus scandal last year, has three personal bankruptcies in the last 22 years, I reported. One came prior to his employment with SEDC and the second came while he worked for the public redevelopment organization.
- KPBS takes a look at the alcohol ban on the city of San Diego’s beaches after two summers of its institution. Arrests and citations were down this Fourth of July weekend and the Police Department is pleased with the results.
- I blogged about a Convention Center task force member deciding she will vote “no” on the upcoming recommendation to expand the city’s Convention Center.
- A former GOP rival to Democratic City Councilwoman Donna Frye is endorsing her chief of staff for next year’s council elections.
- In other San Diego County cities, the Poway City Council is calling for one of its own to resign following a conflict of interest lawsuit. In Encinitas, a traffic consultant’s selection caused a ruckus at last night’s council meeting. Also yesterday, Oceanside’s council approved occupant limits for single-family homes.
- On the opinion side, CityBeat discusses the U-T’s layoff of opinion page editor Bob Kittle, calling him “an institution” who “had more influence over public policy than any other local journalist.”
Former VOSD reporter and University of California, San Diego doctoral student Vlad Kogan pens a piece criticizing media coverage of state budget cuts to redevelopment organizations. This is no “state money grab,” Kogan writes, but a “reduction of its billion-dollar public subsidy.”