Good morning from Hillcrest.

  • We’ll lead the day with an analysis from San Diego’s Office of the Independent Budget Analyst that tallies the final cost for Petco Park at $453.4 million, 10 percent higher than the original estimate. The IBA says the Padres baseball team paid for most of the cost overruns.
  • Under pressure from open government watchdogs, San Diego’s City Council decided yesterday that volunteer parking board members must file economic interest statements. The council also yesterday passed a bid preference package for small and local businesses.
  • San Diego Unified school board member Shelia Jackson clarifies — sort of — her statement to us last week that she wasn’t running for County Supervisor. She now says she’s “probably not running.”
  • An analyst for a left-leaning think tank takes issue with City Councilman Carl DeMaio’s statement about city taxes at the city’s Audit Committee meeting.
  • That analyst, Murtaza Baxamusa of the Center on Policy Initiatives, and Erik Bruvold of National University System Institute for Policy Research deliver their takes on Mayor Jerry Sanders’ State of the City speech tomorrow.
  • The U-T’s editorial page praises an environmental cleanup of San Diego Bay as a good start.
  • The city of Coronado is replacing its lawn bowling green with artificial turf.
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