Good morning from Point Loma.

  • With campaign filing day in the books, the U-T has a rundown of all the candidates for city, county, school board and other offices. The highlight is the four challengers for County Supervisor Ron Roberts seat: San Diego Unified school board member Shelia Jackson, retired teacher Margaret Moody, housing counselor Juan del Rio and former City Council candidate Stephen Whitburn. Here’s a preliminary list of candidates in Chula Vista.
  • FlashReport’s Barry Jantz parses the language on job descriptions on the sheriff’s race ballot.
  • Political parties could contribute up to $1,000 in City Council races if an Ethics Commission recommendation, prompted by a federal court ruling, makes its way to a council vote. It’s unclear if that change would happen before June’s election.
  • The point-counterpoint in this weekend’s U-T is on campaign finance rules. An attorney in favor of changing the city’s funding limits argued previous rules limited people’s free speech. Council President Ben Hueso argues that more money in politics invites more corruption and rule by elites.
  • A few more details on the city of San Diego’s $30 million to $60 million budget deficit that we reported on a couple of weeks ago. The U-T says the city plans no one-time solutions, like reserves, this time but rather long-term fixes.
  • City tourism representatives had a visit from city Mayor Jerry Sanders last week pushing them to lower hotel rates to keep the mega Comic-Con convention after its contract runs out in 2012.
  • San Diego’s water leader — who faced controversy for his department’s misrepresentations about evaluating a different water rate structure — is leaving the city.
  • San Diego will be allowed to continue to dispose of partially treated sewage in the ocean from the city’s main plant in Point Loma, the Coastal Commission ruled. The city also does not have to follow through on wastewater recycling recommendations from a study due in 2012.
  • Homicide victim Chelsea King went missing in the city of San Diego’s boundaries and was found inside city limits. Yet the county Sheriff’s Department took the lead in the case. The U-T looks at why.
  • Despite passing two tax measures, El Cajon still faces budget problems.
  • A proposal to halve San Diego County’s $10 million annual neighborhood grant program doesn’t go far enough, the U-T editorializes.


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