The Morning Report
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If you’ve been following the scandal surrounding Mayor Bob Filner. This interview with former Chief of Staff Vince Hall is amazing. Read it now.

For all the rest of the Filner-scandal news, I’m going to try again what I did a couple weeks ago and put it in its own Morning Report here.

The rest of this is Filner-scandal free.

Politifest

By now, you’ve heard enough about Politifest (You know it’s today, right? Right.). Come talk to your fellow San Diegans about the future of the city. Also there’s inflatable jousting and a solar go-kart available for test drives.

• Here’s our sweet program for the day’s events.

The Six Other Stories

It might be hard to believe but other things have happened in the city since the frenzy about our mayor’s alleged sexual harassment broke.

So we start this report with a rundown of all of the stories you might have missed. For instance, did you hear the plan to close Cabrillo Bridge at Balboa Park on the weekends has been tossed? How about the fact that there’s no longer a San Diego Film Commission? (Here’s U-T San Diego with more on that.)

New Library, New Art

For a while, we’ve followed the interesting saga of the artwork that’s supposed to go up in the new Central Library downtown. It’s almost done. And 11 years after they were first commissioned to put in an intricate piece of artwork around the elevators, two brothers are finally getting to work.

They had actually forgotten about the commission, as the library project went through years of delays and near deaths. Kelly Bennett walked around the new library as well. Says it’s pretty snazzy.

Photo by Sam Hodgson

What We Learned This Week

• This is how you become a pundit. And it’s a busy time for the busiest local pundit, Carl Luna.

• The San Diego Trolley’s blue line is “one of the best” light-rail lines in the country — sort of. We fact checked a SANDAG official’s claim. And many readers weighed in with other ideas about the best ways to measure transit effectiveness.

• La Jolla High School has a mess on its hands.

• It’s not entirely clear why the city would pay the legal bills for a police officer convicted of sexual abuse on the job and not pay for the mayor’s legal bills, even though he’s just accused. We did the best to explain city leaders’ reasoning.

Quick News Hits

• The Chargers have been spared from major injuries as they prepare for the season. Our Sports Report has all the links you need to that and more.

• Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, the majority leader in the state Assemby, was one of six lawmakers who took a trip to Cuba with heavyweight lobbyists, which has miffed a few watchdogs.

• North Park residents protested a Jack in the Box. Our back story on Filner’s effort to help them.

• San Diego Magazine includes our new reporter, Joel Hoffmann, among locals to watch.

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Scott Lewis

Scott Lewis oversees Voice of San Diego’s operations, website and daily functions as Editor in Chief. He also writes about local politics, where he frequently...

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