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Jet crash delays vote on council president

The San Diego City Council today put off a decision to choose a new council president because two members were at the scene of the crash of a military jet in University City.

Councilwomen Sherri Lightner and Marti Emerald, who were both sworn-in this morning, missed the hearing to go to the site of the crash of a FA-18 Hornet, according to Councilman Tony Young.

The jet was headed to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar shortly before noon when it slammed into the ground near Cather Avenue and Huggins Street. The crash destroyed one home and extensively damaged another.

A vote on selecting the new City Council president was postponed until tomorrow to give Lightner and Emerald the opportunity to participate in the decision, according to Young.

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The council did accept some public testimony today.

A new City Council president is being chosen to replace Scott Peters, who was termed out. Four new council members were sworn-in today. This afternoon’s City Council hearing was their first.