These were the most-read stories for the week of Sept. 26-Oct. 2.

 Why San Diegans Are to Blame for the City’s Problems

The author of a new book on San Diego politics argues the city’s failures start and end with citizens’ unwillingness to pay for services.

 Why All Eyes Are on San Diego in Greenhouse Gas Push

The attorney general just slapped down San Diego County’s $200 billion transportation plan for the future. We explain why so many around the state care about what’s going on here.

 A Crooked House Sticking Out of a Building

UCSD’s 18th project in its Stuart Collection of public sculpture will implant a miniature house at an angle, seven stories up.

 Chargers, Hotels and Unions: The Fight Over Tourists’ Money

A lot has changed in two weeks in the push for a new Chargers stadium and expanded Convention Center. We sort out what you need to know about why a big fight is shaping up over the city’s hotel-room tax.

 Morning Report: Judge Strikes Down Neighborhood Tax

City attorney is OK with hotel fee, 13th presidents in row visits SD, wildfire lessons and Irvine leaves us in its dust.

 San Diego Nudged Special Taxes Along

Special tax zones have proliferated with the help of the cash-strapped city. In one neighborhood, the city allotted itself the votes the tax needed to pass.

 Morning Report: San Diego’s Al Qaeda Connection

Downtown’s outhouse outage, assigning blame galore for SD’s problems galore, pension reform by the numbers and a glowing ocean.

 Fact Check: DeMaio Mistaken in Landfill Debate

Statement: “One of the 10 conditions included opening Miramar Landfill up to competitive bidding, but here they sit today saying that they’re not willing to support that…You campaigned for Proposition D and you said you’d open up the landfill to managed competition,” City Councilman and mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio said during a council meeting Sept. 26. Determination: False.

 Special Tax for Neighborhood Services Ruled Illegal

A court struck down a zone the city created to fund tree trimming and graffiti removal in Golden Hill, a decision that could reverberate across a city no longer paying for such basic maintenance.

 Fact Check: Who’s Suing Sacramento

Statement: “The city is suing the state to retain those (redevelopment) funds,” City Councilman Todd Gloria said during a Sept. 21 interview on Channel 6. Determination: False.

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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