These were the top stories for the week of April 4 – 10, 2011.

 Just How Empty Are Mission Valley’s Homes?

U.S. Census figures show Mission Valley as having one of the highest residential vacancy rates in the city. But real estate consultants, analysts and developers are convinced the numbers are wrong for the still-growing community.

 Two Charters Told to Shape Up or Shut Down

The school district cited a range of problems at the schools, from violating open meetings laws to improperly seating new charter board members.

 How San Diego’s Landfill Sale Failed

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders wanted to save $10 million a year by selling the city’s stake in Miramar Landfill. It cost $500,000 to find out no one wanted to buy it.

 Furry Handcuffs and the Great Pension Reform of 2011

Are we nearing the climax of a nine-year drama about city pensions or just debating symbols?

 Four Big Answers on the Mayor’s Pension Plan

The mayor and other city leaders agreed to a ballot measure to address the pension problem that’s dominated San Diego politics for a decade. Here’s what you need to know about it.

 San Diego Explained: The $110B Transportation Plan

We hit the buses, bikes and freeways to explain the massive transportation plan under construction right now.

 Fact Check: In National Spotlight, Mayor Mistaken

Statement: “We laid off 17 percent of the workforce in San Diego,” Mayor Jerry Sanders said during a March 23 appearance on the PBS television program, The Charlie Rose Show. Determination: False.

 School Board Tightens Leash on Charter Schools

San Diego Unified is taking a more aggressive approach to regulating charters, setting stiffer rules for new schools. The school board says it’s increasing accountability. Charters dub it micromanagement.

 How Bad Could It Get For Schools? Try Another $55 Million

If state legislators cut below the minimum funding for schools, San Diego Unified could be stuck closing schools or selling property.

 Fact Check: Exactly 1,307,402 San Diego Residents?

Statement: Exactly 1,307,402 people resided in San Diego on April 1, 2010, according to the official population totals released by the U.S. Census Bureau in March. Determination: False

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