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Good morning from Hillcrest.

  • There’s good news for those who those like reading 80-page reports. The city’s 17-member Convention Center task force has released a draft of its final report that recommends the city expand its Convention Center assuming it can find the $750 million-plus to finance it. I give my first impressions here. And if you’re interested in background, check out my primer and this post linking to some primary source documents.
  • My colleague Emily Alpert blogs about San Diego Unified schools moving up bond financing plans for the proposed schoobrary to the 2010-11 school year. The decision doesn’t mean the schoobrary will be built then, just that the district will be prepared.
  • Conservationists received a boost yesterday with news that water usage dropped by double-digits county wide in June and July, the U-T reports. City of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders applauded a 14 percent decrease in city water use over July 2008 at a midday press conference.
  • Imagine this! The County tax collector wants to return $576,000 to those who have unclaimed refunds.
  • A recall effort against a Poway City Councilwoman has officially begun.
  • On the opinion pages, the North County Times says Escondido’s dreams of downtown hotel and long-term redevelopment plan can now come true.

Enjoy your last August weekend.

— LIAM DILLON

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