Good morning from Point Loma.

  • We’ll lead off today with the announcement of former San Diego City Council candidate Stephen Whitburn for the San Diego County supervisor race against 16-year incumbent Ron Roberts. Key news from his press conference: He won’t be investing his own money in the campaign after he spent more than $200,000 in his unsuccessful council race. Roberts has more than $100,000 on hand.
  • My editor Andrew Donohue has some thoughts on Whitburn’s candidacy. Another candidate, Margaret Moody, joined the race yesterday, too.
  • The U-T’s editorial board takes City Council on about outsourcing and indications that the council might reject outsourcing of part of its information technology department.
  • One bit of context to point out. The voter-approved outsourcing measure from 2006 is not related to IT outsourcing. IT already is outsourced and essentially the Mayor’s Office is just seeking a new contract. Here’s a piece of background from me on that.
  • Three items from the city’s Ethics Commission. Its chairman, Richard Valdez, is resigning. The commission is debating new campaign financing rules in the wake of a federal court ruling that overturned the city’s laws. And former downtown redevelopment agency head Nancy Graham had her hearing postponed until May.

Correction: The original version of this post said Whitburn will be spending his own money. That was incorrect and we regret the error.


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