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Good morning from Hillcrest.

  • We’ll lead the day with San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith pushing on the hottest of the hot button issues facing San Diego: bankruptcy, taxation, pensions and outsourcing. A quick summary of what Goldsmith said: bankruptcy = bad; taxes = bad; fees = good; pension reform = possible, but around the margins; outsourcing = good.
  • San Diego Association of Governments head Gary Gallegos is on schedule to receive a $50,000 raise over the next five years, which would bump his annual salary to close to $300,000. The association’s board — which handles long-range regional planning — will vote on the raise tomorrow.
  • San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders contention that the Chargers football team could leave the city at “virtually any time they choose” is deemed “mostly true” in my first contribution to our new San Diego Fact Check blog.
  • Wondering what’s the deal with medical marijuana? The latest in our “San Diego Explained” series with our NBC 7/39 media partner will let you know.
  • There’s distress from the North County Times editorial board about massive budget deficits in Escondido and Oceanside.
  • The Sacramento-based political strategist who helped push San Diego Councilwoman Marti Emerald to her narrow November 2008 victory is forming a new political consulting and lobbying firm.
  • The city of Lemon Grove is considering a half-cent sales tax increase.
  • The president of San Diego County’s service union, Sharon-Frances Moore, is resigning citing personal reasons. There remains an unresolved federal investigation into her 2009 election.
  • Democratic Assemblywoman and county supervisors candidate Lori Saldaña responded to an Associated Press story about her failing to report gifts she received in 2008.
  • Chargers boss Dean Spanos says the team has no secondary stadium plan other than the one being proposed in downtown San Diego.
  • Last, our development manager Summer Polacek texted me last night to say that Jay Leno made a joke about Mayor Sanders. Haven’t been able to find the tape but Summer relates the joke this way: Jerry Sanders, mayor of San Diego, said he used to be against gay marriage but now he’s in favor of it … Well, somebody had a hell of a weekend. (Send a link to the clip if you’ve got it.)


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