Good morning from Hillcrest.

  • It will take a lot to bump the city of San Diego budget deficit off The Agenda’s top spot.

The Office of the Independent Budget Analyst has released its response to the city’s five-year financial forecast and next year’s $179 million deficit. The IBA says the deficit could be north of $200 million and solutions aren’t in the offing.

We bring news that the city of San Diego’s comparisons to deficits from other cities around the state were overstated.

The U-T opines that the massive deficit is both a crisis and an opportunity.

  • The U-T carries a Q&A with Mayor Jerry Sanders. Most of the discussion covers familiar ground, but at the end Sanders hints at the city having a couple stadium site proposals for the Chargers.
  • Speaking of the Chargers, our Qamp;A is with Escondido attorney David Ferguson who is leading negotiations for a stadium there.
  • Our own Adrian Florido writes about controversy surrounding well-known Barrio Logan activist Rachael Ortiz as the community updates its master plan.
  • The U-T runs an interesting comparison of the proposed pension plan from the Metropolitan Water District to other districts.
  • The U-T also gives us another read on managed competition impasse discussions.
  • In opinion news, the U-T analyzes Chula Vista’s recent political shuffle. CityBeat’s Carl Luna says it’s time to hand the Airport Authority back to the Port, or do away with the both of them.
  • We’ll end with some quick hits. San Diego’s medical marijuana task force could take shape on Tuesday. The city of Vista is considering zoning changes to attract more mixed-use projects. And here is our weekly preview of the San Diego City Council agenda.

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