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Good morning from Hillcrest.

  • Downtown San Diego tried to take its first step in a series of 1,000 steps that could lead to it receiving more tax money and building more big projects like a potential Chargers stadium. The rest of the city said “no.” As I report, City Council members rebelled yesterday, asking for money for their communities before studying an increase for downtown.
  • Big news is coming soon on the schoobrary. An updated cost estimate is expected as soon as today with a final decision expected in weeks. Meantime, the San Diego Unified school board approved a lease for a charter school in two floors of the building.
  • Comic-Con will get an extra $500,000 from San Diego if the convention commits to stay here through 2015.
  • Political parties can start contributing up to $1,000 directly to San Diego City Council, mayor and city attorney elections, City Council decided yesterday in response to a federal court ruling. CityBeat reports the Republican Party wants to give more.
  • CityBeat also writes about the delicate balance of raising money for judicial elections
  • The city’s Ethics Commission has filled its open spots.
  • A City Council committee will examine medical marijuana rules again today.
  • Last, the U-T’s editorial board has endorsed Bill Gore in the sheriff’s race. 

— LIAM DILLON

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