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  • The long-stalled city of San Diego outsourcing program, managed competition, could be getting off the ground starting with its information technology department. The department’s help desk and computer support areas are the first to face a competitive bid process that could result in a private company taking over its services. Sanders will address the issue at an 11 a.m. press conference.

The U-T has two other city stories of note from over the weekend. City council members are using and giving away fewer tickets to Padres and Chargers games than in the past amid new rules and tighter scrutiny. And Councilman Kevin Faulconer is hoping to speed up a plan to place the city’s power lines underground with the city potentially borrowing the money to do so.

Today’s council agenda includes a discussion on redevelopment and on a proposed task force to study medical marijuana policy.

  • In other news from around the county, the supervisors are considering tightening up rules on their oft-criticized community project funds. A North County Times editorial says the city of Escondido made the right decision in approving a downtown redevelopment project.
  • The San Diego Gas & Electric rural power shutoff plan should face a decision this week. The Los Angeles Times weighs in today. We have a Q&A with SDG&E COO Michael Niggli.
— LIAM DILLON

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