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Good morning from Hillcrest.

  • Lots of news to unpack this morning. We’ll start with my report on money woes at the Southeastern Economic Development Corp., the nonprofit redevelopment agency. A $3 million deficit has one of SEDC’s main allies, City Councilman Tony Young, wavering in his support of the agency.
  • Young also made news yesterday as the swing vote in a plan that will continue the city’s experiment with sewage recycling to increase its water supply. He reserved the right to back away from future votes on the project.
  • I’ll be live tweeting at the Centre City Development Corp. meeting this morning where a stadium consultant will review financing for other football stadiums around the country. CCDC also is expected to endorse a proposal to increase the amount of money it can collect for a football stadium and other projects. In other football stadium news, the Minnesota Vikings are talking about using federal stimulus money for its proposal in suburban Minneapolis. The San Francisco 49ers are closer to having an initiative for their project on the June ballot in Santa Clara.
  • Thirteen fire stations will lose some services as the city implements its cost-saving “rolling brownouts” plan for its fire department. Fire department and union officials say it’s a major loss in service.
  • The city will lose $200,000 by hosting its annual PGA golf event this week at Torrey Pines. The good news is that’s the least it has ever lost, a top city official said.
  • The much-maligned federal “honest services” fraud law might be the best way for anyone to be punished for the city’s pension underfunding scandals, CityBeat editorializes.
  • A combination of more pension reform, outsourcing and service cuts will stave off municipal bankruptcy, the U-T editorializes.
  • City Attorney Jan Goldsmith says employee furloughs can happen in this U-T interview.
  • The newest wrinkle in the well-creased California medical marijuana debate. Law enforcement officials and other regulators have said that medical marijuana dispensaries have to be a nonprofit. This may be impossible, reports CityBeat. The IRS will not grant tax-exempt status to a dispensary because marijuana is against federal law.
  • To follow up on a story from yesterday, San Diego County Supervisors gave another no-bid contract to a nonprofit that has a close relationship with county officials.

— LIAM DILLON

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