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Good morning from Hillcrest.

  • We’ll start today with news that Mayor Jerry Sanders will propose cutting at least 800 vacant positions out of the city’s budget to deal with the $179 million deficit. He spoke to reporters outside City Hall yesterday, also touching on the need for mid-year cuts, the four big building projects and how Councilman Carl DeMaio reminds him of former City Attorney Mike Aguirre.
  • A North County Times columnist reminisces about the “Escondido Chargers” as that city’s stadium plan is put on hold amid talks between the football team and the city of San Diego on a downtown site.
  • CityBeat is reporting that San Diego’s medical marijuana task force has made decisions on zoning proposals for marijuana dispensaries, which will go before City Council next month. Among the highlights: no dispensaries 1,000 feet from schools, playgrounds and child care centers.
  • Some quick hits. Embattled Poway Councilwoman Betty Rexford has a two-hour interview with a local newspaper and contends city staff pushed other members of council to ask for her resignation. A San Diego police officer offers his thoughts on the department’s looming cuts. A former Marine announced plans to run as a Republican for Congress in the 51st District, now Democratic Rep. Bob Filner’s seat. The North County Times says an Oceanside City Councilman leaving for a state post also is leaving the city in a lurch. The Reader has two stories on financial contributions, one on City Council President Ben Hueso’s state campaign and the other on lobbying by Republican consultant Ben Haddad’s California Strategies.
  • Last, the U-T has a new political blog called, “All in Favor.” The link is here.
— LIAM DILLON

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