Good morning from Hillcrest.
Lots of news to read this morning
- Former San Diego City Councilman Michael Zucchet had his acquittal upheld by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a ruling issued yesterday. His former colleague, Ralph Inzunza, had his conviction upheld. Both had been implicated in the pay-to-play “Strippergate” scandal that forced them both from office six years ago. Neither case is over, but a local attorney believes this decision settles the matter. The U-T weighs in here.
In other city news, Mayor Jerry Sanders recognized four companies that performed $40,000 worth of improvements to the Pacific Beach fire station for free.
- The U-T tells an interesting story featuring San Diego County residents who say county red tape is keeping them from installing and using wind energy.
- From around the county, a recall effort against a Poway councilwoman is heating up. Escondido officials refused to spend $10 million to bailout a major downtown redevelopment project, but left the door open for a smaller subsidy. Oceanside firefighters have dropped a lawsuit against the city. And the Coronado City Council is looking at bailing out the Coronado High School pool.
- In opinion news, a local economist says the city isn’t bankrupt, and the financial pressures it faces are average among California cities amid the recession.