Good morning from Hillcrest.
- We’ll lead this morning with my analysis of the smooth and speedy solution to the city of San Diego’s $200 million deficit. A mix of better communication from Mayor Jerry Sanders Office, key union support and the deficit’s sheer size all played a role, though the plan didn’t touch many of the city’s long-term problems .
- The city’s firefighter union is contesting a vote that would remove about a third of its members to an emergency medical services union.
- KPBS continues its series of interviews with San Diego City Council members with District 2’s Kevin Faulconer.
- In the comings-and-goings department, Oceanside Councilman Rocky Chavez departs for a state job; Poway’s assistant city manager is named the city’s interim manager; and embattled Poway Councilwoman Betty Rexford has a new website — therealbettyrexford.com — to fight back against abuse of power claims that have led to a recall attempt.
- In other news around San Diego County, Oceanside will vote on becoming a charter city in June. An Oceanside councilman abandoned his bid to rename a park now named for a political opponent. Escondido’s leaders attempted to stabilize the city’s troubled performing arts center.
— LIAM DILLON