Good morning from Hillcrest.

  • As San Diego’s City Council prepares to vote on a water rate increase at this week’s meetings, our own Rob Davis reports that water rates likely are the lowest they will be for a while. And that’s after a 58 percent increase in the last three years. Meantime, protests are not coming in to contest that rate increase.
  • When I first arrived in San Diego a few months ago, I heard that there was this big, complicated fight over seals in La Jolla. The legal battle, apparently, ended on Friday, though you never can be sure with this legal back-and-forth. I took a quick look through our archives and found that our own Sam Hodgson took plenty of photos. For what it’s worth, I think the baby panda is cuter.
  • San Diego’s nonprofit I.T. head is resigning amid a city decision to seek outside bids for some of its services. And there’s the matter of a contractor suing the nonprofit and the city for $5.6 million.

That suit is related to an important, expensive software project, which our own Scott Lewis wrote about extensively last year. Lewis puts the issue in context.

  • I wrap up my coverage last week of city vacancies by talking to someone who fills one of those vacant positions.
  • The North County Times editorializes that term limits for county supervisors are a bad idea. KPBS’ Editors Roundtable addressed the issue on Friday, too.
  • A new poll shows former sheriff’s Lt. James Duffy has a double-digit lead in the race for county sheriff.
  • In U.S. congressional news, the U-T looks at how demographic shifts will reshape local districts. Columnist Logan Jenkins breaks down the three Democratic challengers for Rep. Brian Bilbray in North County. We report on Democratic Rep. Bob Filner’s statements on biotech, which look like they were written by lobbyists.
  • With Oceanside’s council recall election nearing, the U-T and the North County Times ask if the city’s conservative majority is over. A councilman delaying his resignation before taking a state position could help Oceanside save more than $400,000 in election costs.
  • In news from other cities around San Diego County, San Marcos leaders are looking at a new drought-inspired landscape ordinance and will contribute $62,400 for a winter shelter program. Encinitas is considering expanding areas to walk dogs without leashes. Five recreation projects in Imperial Beach will be built with $2 million in redevelopment funds. Change could be coming to a 100-year-old neighborhood in National City. Escondido has a packed council agenda including money for a downtown library project of its own. Maintenance workers in Vista have filed a complaint against the city over whether Vista officials can write a four-day work week into their labor contracts. The U-T praises a Poway councilman who has opened his office to hear opponents of expanding a Wal-Mart.
  • We’ve got our weekly roundup of the San Diego City Council agenda, “Public Comment,” here.
  • The U-T updates a story we did last week on City Council not complying with Mayor Jerry Sanders request to cut their budgets.
  • Last we’ll end with Chargers stadium news. I have some updates — drawings for the downtown proposal are on the way — from team special counsel Mark Fabiani. Here’s my interview with KPBS’ Joanne Faryon on “San Diego Week:”

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