Good morning from Hillcrest.

  • Happy State of the City Day! San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders will deliver his annual address at 6 p.m. this evening at Balboa Theater. My preview of the speech — quiz time! — will be posted shortly. Expect full coverage from us today, including live tweets.
  • Sanders’ speech should have a familiar quality to it given his past ones, Union-Tribune columnist Michael Stetz writes. I disagree with one line is his column, where Stetz relates the view that it’s unlikely that Sanders will propose big initiatives. I’d argue that $2.5 billion worth of public infrastructure projects are “big initiatives.”
  • Term limits for San Diego County supervisors will be on June’s ballot, the supervisors affirmed yesterday. The proposal won’t affect the current board members — who have all served since the Clinton administration — for at least another eight years.
  • Meantime, San Diego City Councilwoman Donna Frye continues to think about running for Ron Roberts’ supervisor seat this year, CityBeat reports. Roberts already faces opposition from Democratic Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña.
  • The kick-the-can-down-the-road position on medical marijuana taken by San Diego’s City Council and the U-T is wrongheaded, CityBeat argues.
  • Civilian investigators of complaints against the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department can’t do their jobs because of budget cuts, CityBeat reports. Complaints had to be dismissed because investigators couldn’t meet required time limits.
  • More county employees and programs will be cut in 2010, supervisors and the county’s administrator said yesterday. Public safety departments might not even be spared.
  • The city of Vista’s Redevelopment Agency purchased its ninth property in the last four months.
  • Airport guru John Chalker is the latest subject in our own Scott Lewis’ series of interviews with San Diego decision makers.
  • We’ll end with a closer look at San Diego’s “strong mayor” system, the next installment in our “San Diego Explained” series with our media partners at NBC 7/39. You can check these out weekly at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays.

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