Good morning from Hillcrest.

  • We’re starting to gain some momentum on our call for dialogue on the city

of San Diego’s $179 million budget deficit. Keep the comments coming in The Hall blog and e-mail and tweet me. I’m a little behind on returning e-mails, but I’m seeing them all. Also, we’re hoping to have posts from two guest bloggers today to keep the conversation going. I’ll post the best reader-submitted ideas on Friday.

Here’s one of the first proposed patches to the deficit: higher rates and longer hours for parking meters.

Here might be another patch courtesy of our own Randy Dotinga: collect on 19-year-old parking tickets.

Here’s a proposed budget buster: The U-T’s editorial page says the California Coastal Commission today should reverse an earlier decision to deny the city an environmental waiver for its Point Loma wastewater treatment plant. Upgrades are estimated at $1.5 billion.

  • Our own Adrian Florido writes about updating Barrio Logan’s community plan and how recycling facilities ended up next to homes.
  • The L.A.-based developer building a new football stadium says he’ll be talking to the Chargers — and five other teams — soon.
  • The city formed a medical marijuana task force at its council meeting Tuesday. CityBeat compares the medical marijuana situation to Prohibition and says 105 city police officers were involved in last month’s raids on marijuana outlets.
  • CityBeat also is taking issue with Councilman Kevin Faulconer’s stance on the city’s temporary winter homeless shelter.
  • In news from other cities around San Diego County, the Poway city councilwoman that’s the target of a recall attempt is lashing out against her detractors. Poway’s council is supporting a two-tiered pension system. Escondido officials are debating the future of its performing arts center and are still searching for a date to hold a hearing on a Marriott hotel project.
  • We’ll end with news that San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders is joining others for a reading of “The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later” on Oct. 12 at the La Jolla Playhouse. The play discusses the murder of Matthew Shepard.
— LIAM DILLON

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