Good morning from Hillcrest.

Happy Chargers Day!

  • Since it is Chargers Day, let’s start with the latest on their stadium search. I do a roundup of the current potential San Diego locations and add comments from the team on the recent kerfuffle in the state Legislature about potential regulatory breaks for an L.A. stadium project. The U-T details the state Senate’s decision to hold negotiations rather than pass a last-minute bill that had some San Diego politicos complaining that L.A. was getting an unfair advantage. The paper also featured a pro and con on a possible stadium site in Oceanside and a column by Logan Jenkins on the Escondido site.
  • The U-T has been all about water issues recently. Sunday’s front page featured another side of conservation efforts. Consumers are using so much less water that it’s affecting water utilities’ bottom lines.  The paper also reports on a San Diego City Council vote Tuesday on a state of emergency for the Tijuana River Valley, freeing up $4.4 million to help prevent flooding. And the paper continues to hammer away at the Metropolitan Water District’s new pension deal, reporting on a letter Mayor Jerry Sanders sent the district in protest.
  • In case you didn’t have enough medical marijuana news last week, here’s my blog from Friday wondering if anyone can smoke legally in San Diego.
  • In San Diego County news, the U-T’s Jeff McDonald writes about a renewed conflict of interest concerns in the county’s program for its youngest children and the county’s new independent retirement portfolio strategist and his connection to county staff. The North County Times has a lengthy piece on a report issued by the San Diego Taxpayers Association about the county’s community grant program. The message: Reform it, don’t eliminate it.
  • In other news around the county, a Poway councilwoman has filed her official response in the recall drive against her. And here are updates about vacancies in the Chula Vista City Council and the Port Commission.

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