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Good morning from Hillcrest.
- San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders’ fiscal task force has released its final report, and the group of business leaders lists municipal bankruptcy as a final option, as it did in a draft report obtained by us last month, though it softened its stance. The U-T covers the report and folds in news that the City Council gave final approval to an 18-month budget yesterday.
- Pension blogger Ed Mendel beat me to the punch with an important story about retiree health care. San Diego city officials are using a federal court ruling to argue that retiree health care isn’t a “vested benefit” and can be cut through negotiations with labor unions. Indications are that this approach could be a coming tactic for city reforms. Doing so would address a massive liability the city is now underfunding.
- A new survey sponsored by KGTV-TV shows seven out of 10 people in the San Diego media market are against public funding for a new downtown stadium for the Chargers. (H/T SDRostra.Com). Our own Scott Lewis analyses the city’s options when it comes to the team.
- Conservative blog SDRostra.Com runs down local GOP endorsements.
- In Oceanside, a failed recall effort looks like it has devolved into a failed plan to rename a city park.
— LIAM DILLON