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Good morning from downtown.
- I’ll lead off with my coverage of the deadlock between Mayor Jerry Sanders’ Office and two labor unions over the city’s outsourcing program. City Council sent the mayor back to the negotiating table after a three-hour session. Labor representatives appeared to convince council that issues like different health care benefits were non-starters in outsourcing discussions. The mayor now has to decide how, if at all, he’ll continue to be involved with negotiations.
Much more can happen from here, and City Attorney Jan Goldsmith could continue to loom large.
- The second major item at City Council yesterday was council’s decision to seek new bids for the downtown schoobrary. The six council members voting in the majority said they were willing to spend more than $500,000 to see an updated cost estimate for a project that had an estimated price tag of $185 million four years ago.
- In other big building news, CityBeat editorializes on a potential public vote for a new City Hall building. The U-T interviews state Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, R-San Diego, about the exemption from California environmental law granted to a Los Angeles developer to build an NFL stadium. Fletcher opposed the exemption, saying it could lead to the Chargers leaving town.
- Continuing on the big building theme, I write about the mayor’s private “Civic Leadership Team.” And surprise: The big buildings Sanders is pushing are labeled “legacy” projects with committees of powerful people involved to help move them forward.
- Our own Rob Davis writes about Friday’s first public appearance in San Diego for former Centre City Development Corp. President Nancy Graham since she resigned amid conflict of interest revelations and a failure to disclose financial dealings.
- Medical marijuana news continues at a steady clip. CityBeat reviewswhat’s happened since a countywide raid of pot outlets last month and fact checks statements made by District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis at a press conference announcing the pot arrests. Meanwhile, a citywide poll funded by former mayoral candidate Steve Francis finds that San Diegans believe medical marijuana should be available but strongly regulated.
- In other news around San Diego County, talks are beginning regarding the development — and preservation — of 22,000 rural county acres. These discussions are happening at the same time as a general countywide overhaul of growth management plans. Carlsbad’s council approved a Lego-themed hotel project near the Legoland amusement park. La Mesa is extending its public alcohol ban. And San Marcos approved a public art grant program.