These were the most-read stories for the week of June 13-19, 2011.

  Teacher Implores Union to Renegotiate

On the chopping block, the teacher implores the union to explore concessions and save jobs.

  Cleaning the Football Stadium for God

For nearly three decades, thousands of Jehovah’s Witnesses have thoroughly scrubbed Qualcomm Stadium of a year of filth in advance of their convention. They’ve built its offices, too.

  Photos: Yarn Bombing in San Diego

Where are guerrilla crocheters showing up?

  Big Projects in Peril with Redevelopment’s Gutting

After six months of debate, the state Legislature drove a stake into redevelopment’s heart, threatening just about all of San Diego’s plans.

  San Diego Explained: Affordable Housing

I take to the airwaves with our news partners NBC San Diego to explain why and how the government builds affordable housing.

  Arts Report: ‘Surfing Madonna’ Whodunit

A sticky situation in Encinitas, a saucy combo of organs and pizza, a searing spat over Balboa Park and more in our weekly arts roundup.

  In Police Scandal, Chief Embraces Scrutiny

Before becoming San Diego’s top cop, Bill Lansdowne won praise for how he handled controversy. Unlike those past scandals, Lansdowne’s own decisions here have contributed to the underpinnings of the latest.

  The Most Interesting Man in the Backcountry

Internationally renowned artist and designer James Hubbell has been making his home in the backcountry of San Diego since 1958. Even fire inspires his inventive nature.

  A School in Trouble from the Start

The School of Communications at San Diego High was supposed to be a school for English learners. Now it’s a school of English learners, and its future is in question.

  Gov’s Veto Means More Redevelopment Limbo

Brown’s stroke of the pen comes a day after the Legislature gutted the multi-billion-dollar revitalization system.

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

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