These were the most-read stories for the week of Aug. 20-26.

1. Fact Check: Filner’s Legal Problem 

Statement: “That thing which occurred at Dulles airport was a complete fraud made up by the lady in question. She never appeared in court. The court threw it out. And that was the end of that,” Bob Filner, a San Diego mayoral candidate, said on the Mike Slater radio show, Aug. 16. Determination: Misleading.

2. Bonus Raises Another Transparency Concern in PB 

The Pacific Beach business district, which contracts with the city, awarded a $4,000 bonus to its executive director in a meeting that wasn’t open to the public.

3. A High-Speed Drive Through Balboa Park 

‘We ask you not to sacrifice any more of the space, the clean air, the greenery of Balboa Park to expediency,’ read a 1967 petition to fight the proposed widening of State Route 163.

4. More Gang Killings: Speak City Heights 

A roundup of news from our media partnership on the community of City Heights.

5. Balboa Park Water Fight and the Mayor’s Race: Fact Check TV 

In the latest edition, we look at a claim mayoral candidate Bob Filner made about the lily pond water fight.

6. Where Borrowing $105 Million Will Cost $1 Billion: Poway Schools 

After putting together a bond that will cost taxpayers almost 10 times what they borrowed, the Poway Unified School District has become California’s poster child for a form of exotic financing.

7. Filner No Longer Opposes Balboa Park Remodel 

The mayoral candidate says he’s behind Irwin Jacobs’ plan to overhaul the Plaza de Panama, reversing his earlier high-profile opposition.

8. Poway Residents Ask: What Can We Do Now? 

As the school board makes its case for issuing a controversial loan last year, residents voice disgust, support and hope for a solution.

9. Morning Report: Poway’s Residents Search for Solutions 

Another false Filner claim, city attorney speaks, jobless at the nuke plant, Koigate damage is up and where you could bike in SD in 1896.

10. Why You Can’t Write In a Mayoral Candidate 

The idea behind outlawing the write-in is simple: the voters have already selected their top two candidates in the primary here.

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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