These were the most-read stories for the week of Sept. 03-09.

1. San Diego’s Leading Accidental Killer: Fact Check 

Statement: “For the second year in a row, prescription drugs remain the leading cause of accidental death in the county – topping the total number of deaths from fatal car crashes,” county Supervisor Pam Slater-Price and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis wrote in a letter published by U-T San Diego Aug. 23. Determination: True

2. What Bob Filner Did In Washington D.C. 

During mayoral candidate Bob Filner’s time in Congress, he’s delivered time and again for veterans and his constituents. But he’s also seen his effectiveness blunted because of personality clashes.

3. When the Golden Arches Loomed Over Balboa Park 

The burger behemoth offered to pay for trams in Balboa Park in the 1980s as long as it could open up shop there.

4. 5 Things the Candidates Aren’t Telling You About Football 

The rules in the Chargers stadium debate game need to change and candidates should point that out.

5. ‘We’ve Already Been Screwed Many Times’: Comments of the Week 

The mayor’s race, fact checks and more generated discussion in our comments.

6. Tax Hike Failed, But Public Safety Didn’t: Reality Check 

Statement: “We’re going to have to cut services dramatically … And there’s going to be some public safety implications, implications in terms of services throughout the neighborhoods,” San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, a supporter of the Proposition D sales tax increase, in a U-T San Diego Q&A, Aug. 29, 2010. Did It Come True? No

7. 10 Privatization Fact Checks: Roundup 

We review 10 fact checks about managed competition and outsourcing — two bidding processes that local government officials have promised would find budget savings in recent years.

8. How the Mayoral Candidates Have Changed: A Reader’s Guide 

Since the June primary, Carl DeMaio and Bob Filner are acting a lot differently than they used to. We’ll help you catch up.

9. 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.

10. Morning Report: Failed Tax Hike Didn’t Bring Doom 

What didn’t happen after Prop. D failed, the county’s leading accidental killer and more on exotic school financing.

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

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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