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Good morning from Hillcrest.

  • We’ll lead off with a story from our own Dagny Salas. She writes about the seven-year-old legal limbo involved in closing down a near-waterfront mobile home park pegged for an overhaul.
  • Our own Randy Dotinga looks at plans to make a city of San Diego-owned cemetery into more of a park. Speaking of parks, the U-T wonders if a planned $6.1 million waterfront park will be overrun by homeless.
  • In your semi-daily big buildings update, new City Hall booster Malin Burnham adds another strong statement about that building’s importance. Without it, he says in this video interview, Mayor Jerry Sanders will be known as the “slumdog mayor.” (Burnham’s comment starts around the 2:11 mark). The U-T editorial page continues to push for an updated price for the downtown schoobrary. Council is scheduled to vote tomorrow.
  • Because I enjoy juxtaposing big building news with bankruptcy news, here’s our own Scott Lewistake on last week’s bankruptcy forum hosted by the San Diego County Taxpayers Association. I interviewed one of the panelists, retired Judge John Ryan, for our weekly Q&A.
  • Medical marijuana news continues in full force. CityBeat reports that the San Diego Police Department soon will make its first appearance before the city’s medical marijuana task force. The U-T has two stories. The first is about pot delivery services. The second says that those arrested on federal charges as part of widespread marijuana raids will continue to face legal action despite new federal guidelines on marijuana prosecution. The North County Times addresses teen drug use and medical marijuana laws.
  • Some quick San Diego regional hits. The U-T has a new poll that shows more than half of San Diego residents believe the Chargers will be playing somewhere in the county in five years. Just more than a quarter think the team will be somewhere else. The San Diego City Attorney’s Office has saved more than $200,000 in advance of budget cuts. The U-T’s editorial board calls Poway Councilwoman Betty Rexford an “embarrassment” and says she should resign. And Reuters has a lengthy series on the California Public Employees’ Retirement System.
  • We’ll end with a panel discussion hosted by us this week on San Diego water policy. Three experts will be taking questions and comments. Join the debate!

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