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Good morning from Hillcrest.
- We’ll lead off with the third story in our five-part series on San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis. This one takes a look at some of her missteps.
- Chargers news aplenty today. I break down an AP story that says the Chargers are not the top priority for a Los Angeles stadium developer.
- In New York, the new stadium for the Giants and Jets football teams will go without corporate sponsorship for now — the same as the new stadium in Dallas before it — The New York Times reports. Stadium naming rights are seen as a key revenue generator all over the country, but it’s unclear if dollars will return to the pre-recession peak.
- Our newest feature with our television media partners at NBC 7/39 is called “San Diego Explained.” We take on the Chargers stadium issue first.
- The U-T is reporting on the city of San Diego’s policy not to allow city employees targeted for layoffs to speak with the media. The paper was trying to feature the same employee CityBeat wrote about last week.
- CityBeat has a lengthy piece on the fate of city and county citizens police review boards. The city is eliminating the executive director position of its review board and the county is considering weakening its board, too.
- A cleanup plan for contamination in San Diego Bay became much smaller in a proposal with industry and government polluters announced yesterday.
- The developer of a large project in North County is seeking a formal rehearing after losing a vote last month.
- This morning, Mayor Jerry Sanders and others are holding a press conference to support a ballot initiative to keep the state from siphoning off money from local governments. The initiative is a bad idea, the U-T editorializes.
- Two bits of information from outside the region that are interesting. Orange County workers are considering walking out on their jobs to protest the proposed layoffs of civilian workers in the Sheriff’s Department. San Diego is facing similar layoffs in its police department.
- In Los Angeles, city leaders are calling for a pension reform measure designed to cut benefits for new hires, citing “unsustainable” costs. Here, Sanders pushed through a plan for new employees that’s taking effect now. It’s unclear what, if anything, the L.A. measure could do to current liabilities.
- Time to end with some quick hits. San Diego’s City Council referred zoning rules on medical marijuana to committee. The U-T’s editorial board speaks with a member of Sanders’ fiscal task force on how to address the city’s long-term budget problems. Poway’s City Council meeting again targeted embattled Councilwoman Betty Rexford. Chula Vista is reconsidering a proposed ban on tobacco sales near schools. Our own Scott Lewis continues his series of interviews with top San Diegans with County Administrator Walt Ekard.
— LIAM DILLON