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Good morning from Point Loma.

  • A decade’s worth of lead waste might have been improperly dumped at San Diego’s Miramar Landfill, our own Rob Davis reports. The San Diego Housing Commission doesn’t know if any lead from the more than 700 remediation projects dumped in the landfill required more care for more hazardous waste, but the issue isn’t expected to be a public health threat. An internal inquiry is ongoing and City Councilwoman Donna Frye wants a detailed review. 
  • Speaking of the Miramar Landfill, City Council members received a surprise yesterday that Mayor Jerry Sanders was negotiating a sale of the city’s lease at the landfill for $35 million plus an annual fee. 
  • An investigation on claims that Chula Vista City Councilman Steve Castaneda violated campaign finance laws came up empty and were politically motivated, an independent investigator said. Castaneda, who’s running for mayor, has been cleared in numerous investigations since he took office in 2004.
  • CityBeat makes the case that it’s time for voters to toss out Supervisor Bill Horn. One story details tenant complaints at an apartment complex Horn owns. Another says an LGBT activist didn’t donate money to Horn’s reelection campaign, even though disclosure forms say otherwise. There’s a profile of Horn opponent Vista Councilman Steve Gronke and a timeline of some of Horn’s more memorable moments in office.
  • Medical marijuana dispensaries in the city of San Diego are crying foul at being closed down while the city is working out new rules for how the dispensaries should operate.
  • KPBS takes a look at pros and cons of the city’s strong mayor form of government, which could become permanent in an election next month.
  • City Councilwoman Marti Emerald asked how much money the city would save if it capped non-union employees at a $100,000 salary. The answer is $4.6 million plus fringe savings. But a salary cap, according to an Independent Budget Analyst Office report, “could affect morale.”
  • The city of Carlsbad plans to reduce pensions for new police officers, after doing the same for its firefighters recently.
  • We Fact Check a labor leader who was wrong on the number of San Diego County employees laid off.

— LIAM DILLON

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