These were the most-read stories for the week of Jan. 16-22.

  Doug Manchester: San Diego’s Cheerleader in Chief

One of San Diego’s most polarizing figures now owns its largest megaphone. The man who calls himself Papa Doug is ready to cheer. For the Chargers, big building projects and Jesus. But will he use the newspaper as a bullhorn – or a bludgeon?

  Citing Costs, Poor Service, Charters Ditch District Special Ed

Ever-increasing fees and the desire for full autonomy are driving charters to desert San Diego Unified School District’s special education program.

  San Diego’s Foreclosure Hotspots: Fact Check

Statement: “There are 57,000 San Diegans losing their homes,” Lorena Gonzalez, head of the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, said Jan. 11. Determination: True.

  ‘The Worst of Times in California Public Education’

In a memo to staff, Superintendent Bill Kowba cautions against thinking everything’s OK.

  No. 9: The Police Department’s Unending Tragedy (Top 12 in ’12)

Faced with horrific loss, scandal and threats to their benefits, police officers must earn the trust of residents.

  No. 10: The Broke and Broken City (Top 12 in ’12)

The city is set up to spend more than it is set up to take in. How will this change?

  The Mother of All Pension Fact Checks

Columnist for Governing magazine takes on numerous pension myths.

  No Jail Time for Former SEDC Leaders

Two former redevelopment leaders guilty of embezzling public money were ordered to slowly repay the city $435,000.

  Morning Report: SDPD’s Uncertain Future

Sharp elbows galore, school chief as hope-dampener, SDG&E wants to charge you for its errors and La Jolla’s stinkeroo problem.

  Conclusions on San Diego Unified’s Big Special Ed Shift

We wanted to know how the district had coped with a landmark change in the way it educates its students with special needs.

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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