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A quick roundup of some wisecracks and opinions in our pages and elsewhere.

• As long as it’s not your job, a big stadium cleanup is fun to read about and to look at, which might explain why the comments are lighthearted about Jehovah’s Witnesses cleaning Qualcomm Stadium in exchange for getting to use it.

“I guess those Charger fans must really be a dirty group!” wrote Charles Rickman after one of the stories.

“Maybe the city could work out a deal for them to build the new one downtown,” Thomas Bollman joked on Facebook.

My favorite part of the story is the anecdote about luxurious offices they were hired to build.

They said when the Jehovah’s Witnesses came in and built it, it turned out to be a religious experience. One guy came in and said, “Holy cow.” One guy came in and said, “God damn.” And the third guy came in and said, “Jesus Christ.”

• Speaking of the stadium, you probably remember the the consultant paid $160,000 to develop a stadium financing plan that never appeared. That struck many commenters as ridiculous and outrageous, including Joseph Grienenberg, who proposed that we now call San Diego “Chicago West” because of the political crookedness here. (Wisconsin of the West was what they were saying a few weeks ago, so the Pacific Ocean is the Lake Michigan of California?)

In optimistic (and probably sarcastic) contrast, reader Bill Bradshaw wrote, “Here’s a bright spot. Since there’s no report, the mayor and the council won’t have to waste more time debating it.”

In a followup, government reporter Liam Dillon found a 2006 interview by the consultant in which he called putting together the deal for Petco Park “the most challenging” project he had ever worked on.

• On the Facebook post of our story about yet another police officer under investigation, commenters are calling for Police Chief Bill Lansdowne to resign, as is Brenda Ryan on the comment thread:

This chief needs to go before the department’s credibility is totally destroyed!

• What do you think: “Should San Diego Unified teachers give up future raises (a tradeoff for furlough days) and use the money to spare jobs instead?” Tell us on our Facebook page.

• Jennifer Marrewa believes school bus fees should be based on family income. A number of commenters on Facebook agree (and some don’t). (You can submit your own letter, by the way.)

• On a link to a CityBeat story about marijuana supporters gathering signatures for a special election to repeal a city ordinance restricting dispensaries, Jami Bright complained,

Great, so now I’ll permanently get to enjoy all these low-lifes and transients that migrate to the store that went in across the street from me. What a wonderful way to reduce my property values!

To which Nadia Naranjo replied,

Honey, you are talking about CRACK HEADS. Stoners are funny, loving, joyful people. All WE do is eat n sleep. How is that bad for any one?

• Our story on granny flats (small apartments built as attached or detached additions to single-family homes, sometimes called “in-law flats”) brought out a number of people who pointed out that increasing density that way has side effects like too few parking spaces. It’s a “windfall for developers and absentee landlords,” one frequent commenter wrote.

In the comments, Kathryn Rodolico tells the story of what it took to get a granny permit a number of years ago. She concludes:

For our family, it was totally worth it. And yes — my kids grandparents live in the companion unit. It kept my father in law out of a nursing home when he became wheelchair bound. If the rule changes make it a little easier for families like ours — this is a good thing.

At City-data.com there’s more comment about the article.

Dagny Salas contributed to this article.

I’m Grant Barrett, engagement editor for voiceofsandiego.org. Drop me a line at grant@voiceofsandiego.org, call me at (619) 550-5666, and follow me on Twitter @grantbarrett.

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