These were the most-read stories for the week of Sept. 4-10.

 Photos: The San Diego Blackout

Councilmembers run operations out of the downtown fire station and revelers celebrate by bonfire light in North Park.

 Downtown’s Boom Becomes Gay Community’s Boon

LGBT leaders hope the inclusion of downtown in the City Council district that already includes gay-friendly uptown neighborhoods like Hillcrest will make their community more politically powerful.

 Morning Report: Power Up After Massive Blackout

Blackout mostly over but power conservation still needed, county supervisor to step down, car fees remain, Nathan Fletcher at the beach and more.

 Four Big Unanswered Blackout Questions

As investigations start, it’s still not clear how an isolated incident in Arizona could shut down San Diego’s entire power grid and leave millions in the dark. Here’s a rundown of four major questions that haven’t been fully answered.

 Shark-Spotting Scuba Pro

Mike Bear seeks sharks out to record them for science.

 Exposing the Humanity of Homelessness

Photographer Bear Guerra talks about shooting portraits of homeless San Diegans and asking often-overlooked questions like ‘What were your dreams as a child?’

 VOSD During the Big Blackout

What to expect from us in a blackout unlike anything that we’ve experienced here before.

 Teachers Go Back to Work … Where Exactly?

With less than a week before school starts, scores of San Diego teachers are still trying to find out where they’ll be working.

 The Mayoral Portrait Project: Carl DeMaio

We gave the four major mayoral candidates the chance to be photographed anywhere they wanted in the city of San Diego. Today, we reveal Carl DeMaio’s pick.

 Morning Report: Weaponizing Bill Walton

Bob Filner on the waterfront, floating another pension plan, a wide debate on the calendar and SD’s drivers deemed among the safest.

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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