Good morning from Hillcrest.
- We’ll lead off today with my interview with the city of San Diego’s financial babysitter, Securities and Exchange Commission independent monitor Stanley Keller. Keller praises the city’s improvements in disclosing its financial circumstances, but says he has little to do with the city’s persistent budget deficits.
- City Council gave preliminary approval to a $185 million bond deal that would repackage older debt and refinance other debt, like the mortgage on Qualcomm Stadium. The bond, council discussion indicated, would save money now but cost more in the long run.
- CityBeat has obtained a 2006 e-mail exchange involving Republican City Council candidate Lorie Zapf where she says she wants to keep gays out of public office.
- Mayor Jerry Sanders writes about life married to a lawyer in a new book edited by a local law professor.
- KPBS breaks down where our local property tax dollars go.
- The U-T breaks down where local federal stimulus project dollars are flowing.
- And in news outside the city, Del Mar is settling a lawsuit with a local billionaire over beach views and Lemon Grove’s City Council decided not to put two tax measures on the June ballot.
— LIAM DILLON