These were the most-read stories for the week of May 7-13.

1. How Carl DeMaio Made His Money 

He became an expert in an obscure law. He drove it to prominence in Washington, D.C. as a partisan soldier. Then he flipped his knowledge into a training company, making the money that has financed his quick rise to political success.

2. The Mayoral Candidate Scorecard 

We take a quick look at the major mayoral candidates’ positions on significant city issues and give you background to learn more.

3. ‘The School District’s Already Insolvent,’ Barnett Says 

The school board member wants San Diego Unified to declare itself insolvent and start a process to redesign itself.

4. Fletcher’s Shift on Gay Marriage 

The mayoral candidate used to say he was personally opposed to gay marriage, but didn’t believe government had a role in preventing it. Now, he says government should be an advocate in favor.

5. They’re Public Agencies, But Many Try Not to Act Like It 

Most of the city of San Diego’s 16 business improvement districts failed to produce public records or adhere to rules governing public meetings.

6. The Destiny of High-Density Neighborhoods 

It’s a frequent refrain in uptown and downtown: Just because we’re living in an urban center doesn’t mean we’re not a residential neighborhood.

7. Where the Teachers Union and District Love Each Other 

If both the district and its teachers in San Diego are serious about repairing the relationship, then Poway is as good a place as any for them to study.

8. Manchester Close to Expanding Empire 

He says he’s close to buying the OC Register, a move would give him control over two of Southern California’s largest daily newspapers.

9. Morning Report: What DeMaio’s Businesses Did 

Reader’s Guide on curfew sweep debate, Fletcher catches up in poll, nuke plant may go back in service and the art of bad campaign photos.

10. The Pension Initiative’s Initial Costs: Fact Check 

Statement: ‘The referendum (Proposition B) on the ballot costs almost $100 million over the next few years to implement,’ mayoral candidate Bob Filner wrote in an editorial published April 28 by U-T San Diego. Determination: Mostly True

Dagny Salas is the web editor at Voice of San Diego. 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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