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.

We’ll end with our own Scott Lewis discussing civil discourse in the San Diego Convention Center debate.

— LIAM DILLON

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