These were the most-read stories for the week of July 30-Aug 5.

1. The Military Takeovers of Balboa Park 

Balboa Park, San Diego’s great 1,400-acre cultural and recreational asset has gone to war along with the nation,’ read the San Diego Union on Dec. 12, 1941.

2. Big Hotels Continue to Throw Their Weight Around 

Faced with a legal dilemma about renewing a visitors’ fee, hoteliers decided to make the little guys pay.

3. The Politics of Bob Filner’s Personality 

The Democratic mayoral candidate says his aggressive political personality stems from his civil rights activism. He says you’ll see a different Filner if elected mayor.

4. Sailors in Balboa Park’s Lily Pond, Planes Overhead: Photos 

Images from the park’s wartime alter ego.

5. Filner Abandons His Signature Pension Fix 

The mayoral candidate dropped his support for borrowing money to deal with the pension debt, which he backed just hours earlier.

6. Teachers Story Contained Major Errors: Fact Check 

We screwed up. Our July 20 story about student-to-teacher ratios at San Diego Unified cited incorrect statistics. We explain what happened and what we now know.

7. Where Killing Predators Is Praised: The Wildlife Killers 

A little-known arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture kills predators to protect endangered species throughout coastal San Diego. But the lauded work explains just a fraction of what it kills here.

8. Filner to Fletcher: I’ve Got a Job for You 

The bromance goes on.

9. Congresswoman Pushes for Transparency from Secretive Agency: The Wildlife Killers 

Federally subsidized trappers funded in part by local taxpayer dollars kill animals on private land across the county with little disclosure to the county officials that hire them.

10. What Having the ‘Kingmaker’ Means for Filner 

Political strategist Tom Shepard joining Bob Filner makes sense only when you know the history.

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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