Good morning from Hillcrest.

  • Initial plans of action met clichés in the city of San Diego’s council chambers yesterday as council gathered to discuss the budget’s $179 million deficit. The Mayor’s Office says city departments will be asked to recommend slashes of their budgets by up to 25 percent.

Meantime, the first concrete budget proposal, to raise parking meter fees, made it through a city committee yesterday.

Our discussion on the city’s deficit continues on in The Hall blog. Yesterday’s guest blogger, analyst Vince Vasquez, says voters could be the ones to make the hardest choices. Keep your responses and comments coming. We’ll publish the best ones tomorrow.

  • The city’s budget received a reprieve yesterday when the California Coastal Commission reversed an earlier decision that would have forced San Diego to upgrade a wastewater treatment facility to the tune of $1.5 billion.
  • The back-and-forth volleying over San Diego’s temporary winter homeless shelter has returned to the City Council’s court. The Mayor’s Office released 27 sites for potential shelters yesterday.
  • The San Diego County Taxpayers Association released a report on public employee pension systems countywide, though the study doesn’t include the city and county of San Diego. In-depth coverage is in the North County Times and on the well-respected Calpensions blog.
  • Chargers stadium news continues to inch forward. There’s a lengthy story in San Diego Metropolitan on the possibility of the team moving to Escondido. The North County Times checks in with the team after an L.A. developer said the Chargers were on a to-poach list. The U-T opines that time is running short to keep the team.
  • In other news around San Diego County, Vista officials are expecting a deluge of traffic when a Sonic restaurant opens next month. And the city of San Diego is looking to study using Qualcomm Stadium as a shelter in case of disaster.
— LIAM DILLON

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