Good morning from Hillcrest.

  • We’ll lead off today with my story on the politics of making budget cuts. Four San Diego City Council members potentially are facing elections in the summer, one week before final decisions on the budget are due. That could delay the desire to make deep reductions to fix the city’s $200 million deficit early on.
  • Blink and you might miss the abundance of news coming out of the Chargers downtown stadium search. Our own Rob Davis reports that the city’s downtown redevelopment arm is looking to hire a financing consultant to evaluate the 15-acre site east of Petco Park. The U-T talks to the Chargers’ stadium point man, who is pleased with the pace of things.

Also, I missed this amusing piece from over the weekend by U-T columnist Logan Jenkins on the death of the Escondido Chargers.

  • In further budget news, there was a bit of a testy exchange at City Council yesterday about the mayor’s failure to deliver a financial report. A mayoral rep said he’ll have a report ready by the end of today. Within that piece, we explain why we’re going with $200 million as the city’s budget deficit for now.

The U-T’s editorial page rips City Council for not providing more cuts to their budgets in response to a Mayor’s Office request. We wrote about that issue last week.

  • Though the Chargers are getting most of the attention these days, a different sort of football received top billing from city leaders yesterday. San Diego wants to be part of the United States’ bid to host the World Cup soccer tournament in 2018 or 2022. We report that the city is lagging behind others in online support.
  • Last, the U-T writes about four people fined by the San Diego Ethics Commission.
— LIAM DILLON

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