Good morning from Hillcrest.

  • We’ll lead off with old San Diego vs. new San Diego. Buildings and tourism vs. biotech. Our own David Washburn writes about the influence that the development and tourism industries have in San Diego’s City Hall compared to the newer biotech industry. Tech leaders, Washburn writes, care more about politics 2,700 miles away in Washington D.C.
  • The U-T localized a story on a new federal policy not to prosecute legal users of medical marijuana. There’s good reaction from various players, including a quotation from our friend at the PB 420 Cheech & Chong Headquarters. No word from Screwy Louie, however.
  •   Councilman Carl DeMaio issued a memo yesterday arguing that scrapping the downtown schoobrary could save the city’s general fund $63 million over the next five years.
  • In news from other cities around San Diego County, each San Marcos neighborhood will have representation on a committee to update the city’s master development plan. Oceanside’s City Council is weighing a cost-cutting plan for its own offices. And the soap opera-like saga of Poway Councilwoman Betty Rexford continues. Police were called over the weekend for an altercation between Rexford’s husband and a neighbor. Conservative blog SDRostra.Com first reported the incident. Rexford is the target of a recall petition.

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