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Good morning from Hillcrest.

  • We’ll lead off with a San Diego city auditor report on a bonus program in the water and wastewater departments. The program overstated its savings by $10.7 million over four years and prompted calls for reform from City Council members. The audit also notes that the program resulted in greater efficiency and performance improvements.
  • A city commission urged raises starting next year for San Diego’s mayor and city council members, but no one seems inclined to grant them.
  • The Port District and a developer in Chula Vista agreed to swap land on the city’s bay front, paving the way for a 250-room hotel and 1,500-unit condominium project.
  • There should be no more delay on a ballot measure that would make San Diego’s “strong mayor” form of government permanent, the U-T editorializes.
  • If downtown San Diego is going to be the center of the city’s future growth, then should it continue to receive a disproportionate share of resources? A follow up to my Q&A with downtown redevelopment head Fred Maas from last week.
  • Should the city regulate pay day lenders? CityBeat reports.
  • Last, proponents and opponents of the failed recall campaign against an Oceanside city councilman spent more than $400,000.

— LIAM DILLON

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