Good morning from Hillcrest.

  • We’ll start today with my seven takeaways from the first public appearance by the city of San Diego’s football stadium consultant, Mitchell Ziets. I look at Ziets’ take on public financing, stadium referenda, the salary cap, the argument for putting a stadium downtown and Ziets’ likely role as a negotiator for the city. The U-T leads with the importance of public financing.
  • Two words about the next installment in our San Diego Explained video series: Pension stew!
  • Escondido is considering using more than half its reserves to cover a $10.5 million budget deficit.
  • Chula Vista will have its first elected city attorney, but city officials are still defining the job.
  • The union that represents thousands of San Diego County’s workers has called in the union’s national umbrella group to investigate the departure and severance package of its previous leader.
  • In other football stadium news, the San Francisco 49ers are open to sharing their proposed stadium with the Oakland Raiders, perhaps the only way the team’s stadium deal in Santa Clara can pencil.
  • Last, our Q&A this week is with downtown redevelopment agency head Fred Maas. Don’t forget to submit your questions.

— LIAM DILLON

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