These were the most-read stories for the week of Oct. 17-23.

 San Diego’s Highest-Ranked Crime Rate: Auto Theft

More than a hundred metropolitan areas rank ahead of the San Diego region in all serious crime categories except one: motor vehicle theft.

 Medical Marijuana Crackdown: San Diego Explained

Our video explainer breaks down why dispensaries here are in the crosshairs of local and federal law enforcement.

 What Happens if City Schools Go Insolvent

The superintendent would be fired. The school board would become an advisory body. An appointed trustee would be in charge. And the state would be involved in San Diego Unified’s business for a long time.

 You Can Easily Pinpoint San Diego Crime

Law enforcement agencies across the region are now posting crime information to a more user-friendly mapping website. Here are four key points.

 Why SD’s Roads Are So Bad: San Diego Explained

Need to get caught up on our road repair coverage? Here’s a good place to start.

 Mayor Pushes Chargers Plan Without the Team

The mayor and the team have different ideas for a November 2012 vote about a new downtown football stadium.

 How Insolvency Can Change Schools

San Diego Unified officials warn the school district could become insolvent in the coming years if the state cuts more funding. Oakland Unified, which became insolvent in 2003, is a case study in what could happen.

 The Gamble Between Kids and Cash

San Diego Unified board President Richard Barrera has faced a number of high-stakes gambles since taking power in 2009. With two of those big gambles now likely destined for failure, Barrera talked to us about why he has made the difficult choices he says the state has thrust upon him.

 Morning Report: Waiting 26 Years For A Bus

Ex-councilman eyes Congress, trouble for Lyric Opera, hope for senior complex, and a swoon-inducing license plate.

 How City Schools Pushed Themselves Towards the Precipice of Insolvency

As San Diego Unified School District’s top officials talk of insolvency caused by the state, the district’s own risky move on an optimistic promise from the state comes into new focus.

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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