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Good morning from Hillcrest.

  • All week we’ve been waiting for the new cost estimate for the city of San Diego’s downtown schoobrary. The Mayor’s Office had it yesterday, but wouldn’t give it up. Local labor leaders also are questioning the impact of a November ballot initiative championed Councilman Carl DeMaio’s ballot initiative on the city’s ability to pay for the project. DeMaio e-mailed me last night with a response denying that the initiative would have any effect.
  • City Councilwoman Marti Emerald received a $3,000 fine from the city’s Ethics Commission after 18 months of investigation and a long and involved hearing over two campaign finance violations from her November 2008 election. (Meantime, Emerald’s attorney Bob Ottilie, is taking on the Union-Tribune over its coverage, and the paper notes the challenge on its website and in the print edition. During the hearing, Ottilie criticized reporter Craig Gustafson, who responded in his Twitter coverage. Ottilie sent us a letter he sent to Union-Tribune officials yesterday.)
  • A city report released yesterday says there are no more easy budget solutions to address the city’s fiscal problems.
  • Pro-business group Lincoln Club, which largely supports Republican candidates, endorsed Democratic City Councilman Tony Young in his reelection bid.
  • Last, the San Jose Mercury-News takes on the two-team solution for a proposed new football stadium in Santa Clara. Two teams also are rumored for the proposed Los Angeles stadium projects, a possible draw for the Chargers.


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