These were the most-read stories for the week of August 1-7, 2011.

 SDPD Cop Found Dead at Home

He was one of three San Diego police officers accused of drunken driving and had been scheduled to appear again in court this week.

 A Warning to San Diego’s Liars

We’re launching a new campaign to find you and hold you accountable to public scrutiny.

 How a Chargers Stadium and a Convention Center Mix

The team is pushing to combine its new stadium with the Convention Center expansion. Here are the big challenges the idea faces and its only hopes for survival.

 Teacher Sued for Defamation Wins Free Speech Claim

An appeals court rules that a retired teacher cannot be totally barred from mentioning the law firm she criticizes.

 Trustee’s Relationship Complicates School’s Principal Saga

The quest to decide who would lead Fulton was a bizarre battle that only seems more bizarre now that a temporary principal has landed in another controversy alongside school board member Shelia Jackson.

 Fact Check: The $1 Billion Tourist Tax

Statement: “If you look at it over 40 years, that’s over $1 billion of tax money we’re giving over to marketing,” San Diego City Councilman David Alvarez, referring to a potential long-term renewal of a 2 percent charge on hotel guests…

 In Balboa Park Legal Fight, Both Sides Use the Same Case

The central question in the Balboa Park lawsuit is this: Has the City Council committed to approve the final project or not?

 No Hotel Tax, No Convention Center Expansion, Hotelier Says

Without a long-term extension of the hotel-room charge, the hotel industry says it won’t fund the Convention Center expansion.

 What People Are Saying About Affordable Housing

The community responds to our series of articles on the high cost of affordable housing.

 Uncle! Uncle! Hotels, You Win!

The visitor industry is pleading with the city to let it compete in a game it has already won.

Dagny Salas is the web editor at You can contact her directly at or 619.550.5669.

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Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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