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 websitetherealbettyrexford.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

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