These were the most-read stories for the week of Oct. 8-14.

1. Is School Bond Money Going to iPads Over Repairs? Fact Check 

Statement: “It’s based on the most recent report that was presented to the committee that said that zero – zero – has been spent on major repair and replacement projects,” Lutar said during the Sept. 29 debate with school board member Scott Barnett. Determination: Misleading

2. Wildlife Killers: What We’ve Learned 

We set out to find out why an obscure federal agency has killed 18,700 animals here since 2005. Five months later, we’re still searching.

3. Fact Check: Are the Koch Brothers Writing Checks to DeMaio? 

Statement: San Diego mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio has “taken millions from Koch Industries,” according to a recent ad supportive of Congressman Bob Filner’s campaign. Determination: False

4. Meet the Players Who Shaped Poway Schools’ Bond Deals 

A guide to the school board, superintendent, consultants and attorneys who put together Poway’s controversial school bonds.

5. ‘We Should All Be Outraged By This’: Comments of the Week 

A host of issues, including library hours and crime stats, got you talking this week.

6. The Curious Case of Bob Filner’s Pension 

Though the U-T’s John Lynch says he didn’t threaten to use his newspaper as a weapon, another email he sent suggests he’s made the same warning more than once.Even though politician pensions have been eliminated, the mayoral candidate can still get one because he used to be on the City Council. It could put him in a sticky situation.

7. Home Prices Up But Still Near Bottom 

Updating the wildlife killing mystery, the gas price mess, why mayor’s office eludes Dems and a mysterious mural in Mira Mesa.

8. Morning Report: Gloria Penner, Icon and Pioneer, Dies 

Residents who live in the northern half of San Diego will be voting on four of the biggest local elections this November, but only University City residents can vote on all four.

9. A Catch-22 For Neighborhoods Needing Parks 

San Diego prioritizes building parks that have secure funding – but the city has kept the fees that generate money for parks low to attract developers to communities needing revitalization.

10. Convention Center Plan B Might Need Its Own Plan B 

Both mayoral candidates say they’ll go to a public vote if courts find a tax hike approved by the hotel industry illegal. That plan has its own risks.

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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