Good morning from downtown.

  • Mayor Jerry Sanders announced the city will save $1.5 million by outsourcing a portion of its information technology services to a Gardena-based company. The move, Sanders said, is a prelude to further I.T. outsourcing and the decision pleased those who want to implement a three-year-old voter-approved outsourcing measure.
  • This move should silence critics who said the mayor didn’t offer enough budget specifics in his State of the City speech on Wednesday, the Union-Tribune editorializes.
  • Something to note that didn’t receive coverage. Some of the I.T. jobs outsourced yesterday will leave the San Diego area, the Mayor’s Office said in Thursday’s press conference.
  • City Attorney Jan Goldsmith will be taking the lead in future outsourcing negotiations and is expected to lay out his views on that issue as well as the pension and municipal bankruptcy in a speech next week. Goldsmith could set the legal framework for future fiscal reforms the city could take. The mayor approves.
  • Chargers fans should not only root for their team, but also for the Baltimore Ravens this weekend if you’d like to see a total of $1.4 million in the city’s coffers. Despite a home playoff game last year, the city still lost $9 million operating Qualcomm Stadium. A business plan for running Qualcomm could come with the help of a consultant, the U-T reports.
  • Local Republican State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher — and a homeless man named “Squirrel” — helped talk a man off a bridge in Sacramento on Wednesday.
  • And National City is down one City Councilman, but up one new fire chief.

— LIAM DILLON

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