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Good morning from Hillcrest.
- We’ll lead off the day with farmers in North County meeting to discuss updates to San Diego County’s general plan. Twelve years in the making, the general plan update aims to push county growth to areas already developed and reduce density in rural areas. Some farmers were concerned how zoning changes would affect their property values.
- I had two blog dispatches yesterday. San Diego City Council heard an offer to settle a $177 million lawsuit with its retirement system stemming from past pension underfunding schemes. I follow up my Monday story on bankruptcy by asking if a city ever really could run out of money. There’s also a tidbit in that post about costs to the bankrupt city of Vallejo beyond money because of its case.
- City voters will have their say in June about making the city’s “strong mayor” system of government permanent. City Councilwoman Donna Frye will write the ballot argument against the system.
- Speaking of Frye, she should jump into the race for county supervisor, CityBeat editorializes.
- Someone should challenge County Tax Collector-Treasurer Dan McAllister after he failed to release an audit critical of his department, U-T columnist Michael Stetz writes.
- Police checkpoints are becoming another way to bilk taxpayers and unfairly target minorities, the U-T editorializes.
- In other news around San Diego County, Poway’s City Council made a recall election against one of its own members official. A group has formed in Oceanside to fight proposed revisions to the city’s charter.
— LIAM DILLON