Good morning from Hillcrest.

  • We’ll start off with newest news from this morning. Awaiting me in my inbox this morning was a press release from a city of San Diego’s blue-collar workers union stating that the city and Local 127 had reached impasse on the city’s outsourcing program known as managed competition. From the release:

After several months of negotiating with the City of San Diego over the guidelines of Mayor Jerry Sanders’ privatization program, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 127  (AFSCME Local 127) and the City of San Diego have reached impasse after Sanders reversed course on a number of safeguards protecting taxpayers, city services and employee healthcare.  Both the City and Local 127 mutually declared impasse on Wednesday, September 23, 2009.

I’ll follow up with more today.

  • Lengthy Chargers-to-Escondido coverage continues in the North County Times. Over the weekend, it examined the economic impact of residential and commercial development that would go along with the Chargers stadium. Today, it reported on a meeting between the Chargers and a private developer. But no one would name the developer.
  • In case you missed it, I reported over the weekend about a new era dawning at the Unified Port of San Diego, one that will begin officially when Port titan Steve Cushman leaves office at the beginning of 2011. The Associated Press writes today on plans to revamp Los Angeles’ port with competition from San Diego listed as one of the reasons.
  • I thought I was done with Watkins alerts!, but no. The U-T writes today that the embattled Airport Authority chairman has seven businesses operating out of a residential property near the airport with varying degrees of licensure. Read Watkins background here. Also, our own Rob Davis reports that he Airport Authority is considering spending limits on travel.
  • In pot news, an appeals court ruling in Los Angeles could mean that municipalities could ban medical marijuana dispensaries outright. Imperial Beach has extended its moratorium on the dispensaries another 45 days.

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