Good morning from Hillcrest.

A bit of a late and clipped Agenda this morning as I’m reporting and researching for this important issue on pension funding discussed at tomorrow’s SDCERS meeting. The decision carries a $30 million swing in how much the city will owe the pension plan next year.

  • Capitol Weekly has an interestingpiece advancing discussions on the battle between San Diego and Los Angeles interests on a football stadium project that could lure the Chargers north.
  • The U-T  has two stories on the city’s waste problems. Not money, but the other kind. The city had to close down rotting restrooms in Ocean Beach and have installed portable toilets as a temporary replacement. The city also is appealing a California Coastal Commission a decision that could force the city to pay $1.5 billion to upgrade its Point Loma sewage treatment plant.
  • The next turn in the continuing saga of Airport Authority Chairman Bob Watkins? He didn’t report his interests on conflict of interest forms.
  • A San Diego City Council committee rejectedthe Ethics Commission’s bid for increased powers, including subpoena power over witnesses.
  • City Chief Operating Officer Jay Goldstone is asking each City Council member to identity a site for a potential homeless shelter in their district after the council rejected city staff recommendations earlier this week.
  • Continued coverage of the mayor’s speech Tuesday on fiscal policy: The U-T reports on the decision to leave in the mayor’s verbal gaffe in a television replay. Our own Sam Hodgson has more pictures. And our own Scott Lewis gives an alternative to the mayor’s priorities.
  • In San Diego County news, the board is continuing its ban on  medical marijuana outlets. The North County Times argues reforms of the county’s community grant program didn’t go far enough. And San Diego City Councilwoman Donna Frye hasn’t decided if she’s running for the county board in 2010.
  • To come full circle, we’ll end with another item on the SDCERS  agenda tomorrow. Former San Diego Municipal Employees Association head Judie Italiano is seeking almost $2 million in an appeal of her pension benefits, saying she had been misled.

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