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Good morning from City Hall. Happy City Budget Day.

  • First, a programming note. I’ll be at City Hall live tweeting and blogging on the city’s budget hearing. City Council is expected to pass an 18-month budget. Background here. Follow me on Twitter and check blog for updates.
  • A couple city budget notes in yesterday’s news. Our own Keegan Kyle details the proposed layoff of the director of the Police Department’s citizen oversight program. The U-T’s editorial page urges council to pass the budget.
  • City Council punted on recommendations from its medical marijuana task force yesterday in the face of those opposed to having medical marijuana outlets in the city all together.
  • The long running controversy over a 29-foot cross on Mount Soledad in La Jolla will have another court hearing today.
  • A lawsuit against the city for its treatment of homeless is on hold pending negotiations between the city, a local law firm and the American Civil Liberties Union.
  • The recall effort against Oceanside City Councilman Jerry Kern failed overwhelmingly yesterday. The election’s cost bothered voters, the North County Times reported.
  • A busy county Board of Supervisors agenda yesterday resulted in the county securing a new lobbying firm for the first time in a long time. Unincorporated areas of the county received a boost to home solar energy programs. And the U-T reports that the District Attorney’s Office received about $322,000 for parking privileges downtown.

— LIAM DILLON

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