Good morning from Hillcrest.
- We’ll lead off today with some Chargers stadium news. San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and County Supervisors Ron Roberts and Dianne Jacob met yesterday to discuss plans for a downtown stadium site. Details from the meeting are sparse. The county was involved in a previous stadium effort three years ago, which amounted to little.
- I report on Sanders’ frustration with discussions of bankruptcy and his ties to a fiscal task force that recommended a series of deep, long-term solutions to the city’s financial problems in a draft report. The task force, a mayoral spokeswoman says, wasn’t started by the mayor despite being rolled into the team designed to push his agenda. Regardless, the mayor knows that the task force’s eventual conclusions will reflect on him.
Also, the publisher of FlashReport blog has his take on the city’s financial woes, saying that San Diego should take the lead in addressing long-term financial problems.
- The U-T’s reporting on state Rep. Joel Anderson, R-La Mesa, has led to a $20,000 fine against the politician as well as a $29,000 fine on the Fresno County Republican Central Committee for shady campaign contributions.
- Our own Keegan Kyle has more information on the story we published Sunday night detailing the city’s longer-than-advertised pothole-fixing pledge. Services times have decreased in recent years and the majority of the city’s pothole complaints have taken longer than the city says it takes to fix them.
- Some quick hits. We clarify how the city’s library hour reductions will affect services on Sundays. An Oceanside resident pleaded guilty to stealing signs in a recall campaign against a city councilman there. His lawyer said the thefts weren’t politically motivated, he just thought they were ugly. An a former executive for the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce has filed a defamation lawsuit against the organization.