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Good morning from Hillcrest.

There’s less than a week to go before San Diego’s City Council returns from its August recess. This week, however, has seen a slow start after a busy weekend.

  • Leading off, the U-T is blogging about two City Council issues. Lobbying disclosure forms show that San Diego Gas & Electric’s parent company raised about $8,000 at a fundraiser for Council President Ben Hueso before Hueso voted in favor of the now-stalled plan by the utility company to shut off power in the backcountry during peak wildfire conditions.

Two more candidates have filed to run for 2010 City Council elections, bringing the total to 16.

  •   San Diego Business Journal recaps the latest news on reorganization plans for San Diego’s two non-profit redevelopment agencies, Centre City Development Corp. and Southeast Economic Development Corp.
  • In opinion news, the U-T calls an audit released last week on the city’s hiring procedure for its purchasing director “embarrassing.” The audit determined the city’s vetting of purchasing director Hildred Pepper was lax, but found no evidence of wrongdoing by Pepper at his previous job in Detroit.
— LIAM DILLON

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