Good morning from Hillcrest.

  • We’ll lead off with our own Emily Alpert reporting on how certain school projects have been pushed back while others like the downtown schoobrary remain on track. A high school stadium with wheelchair access problems is losing out.
  • A San Diego Superior Court judge has struck down a controversial pension benefit given to union leaders seven years ago. City Attorney Jan Goldsmith and City Councilman Carl DeMaio are hopeful the ruling could apply to other pension matters. The lawyer from the police union, which brought the case, is vowing to appeal.
  • A revenue commission started by Councilman Tony Young held its first meeting yesterday. It’s not all about new taxes, commission members said, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t opposed to new trash and stormwater fees.
  • I write that Mayor Jerry Sanders and his policy advisors met last week with a stadium financing consultant recently hired by the city’s downtown redevelopment agency.
  • I follow stories on the mayor’s fiscal task force with an interview with our media partner NBC 7/39 on what the task force’s report might mean and a look (I hope it’s humorous) at some of the report’s language.
  • KPBS interviews City Councilwomen Sherri Lightner and Marti Emerald.
  • A San Diego police officer details the effects of layoffs in civilian forces on the department.
  • CityBeat has a good story on how County Supervisor Ron Roberts is handling difficult political decisions in a coming election year.
  • Conservative blog SDRostra.Com has more analysis on the failed recall attempt of an Oceanside city councilman.
  • Last, the Economist newsmagazine has an interesting take on the fate of public sector unions in the face of budget crises in cities across the country.


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