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Good morning from Point Loma.
- We’ll start this morning with news about San Diego County’s plan to outsource its pension investment strategy. Our own Rob Davis writes about a similar situation that the state attorney general said was a conflict of interest. The U-T’s editorial board called the situation “worse than malodorous.”
- City of San Diego budget cuts hit home this weekend. Libraries began shorter hours and fire union officials blamed a deadly fire on the temporary closure of a fire engine.
- My Q&A last week was with southeastern redevelopment leader Brian Trotier. Today, City Council will consider new operating agreements for both the southeastern agency and its twin downtown. We also learned that Trotier’s agency, SEDC, has laid off 40 percent of its staff.
- News from big developments. In the city, crowds from a mega church in voiceofsandiego.org’s home base of Liberty Station have neighbors upset. The North County Times’ editorial board says a fire evacuation plan should be in place before the county approves the controversial 2,600-home Merriam Mountains project in North County.
- And a prime-time campaign consultant, Jennifer Tierney, has signed onto the race against County Supervisor Ron Roberts. Candidate Stephen Whitburn hired Tierney, who had been employed briefly by another challenger, Shelia Jackson.
— LIAM DILLON