These were the most-read stories for the week of Feb. 18-24.

1. Hall of Dishonor: SD’s Eight Most Scandalous Mayors 

Maureen O’Connor joins a long list of mayors whose reputations have been tinged by scandal.

2. The Most Awkward Moments from the Filner-Goldsmith Clash 

Mayor Bob Filner crashed City Attorney Jan Goldsmith’s press conference about the tourism marketing pact.

3. On Local School Bonds, Big Donors Often Win Big Contracts 

Over the last six years, most of the companies that made the largest donations to local school bond campaigns also received contracts to work on the district’s bond program.

4. Morning Report: Special Report Uncovers Strong Ties Between School Bond Donors, Contracts 

Somali refugees think about heading home, exploring the tragic fall of Mayor ‘Mo,’ and both humans and dolphins make the news.

5. How Prop. 30 Could End Up Costing SD Schools 

San Diego Unified will get some extra money from Proposition 30, but in the short-term much of that money goes straight to employees and in the long-term it will add significantly to operating costs.

6. Morning Report: Filner Erupts 

Good sidewalk news in San Ysidro, fact checking a councilman, how the cops track you, and a big yoga flap widens.

7. Morning Report: SD’s Other Scandalous Mayors 

School bond controversies, wheelchair dancers, lawsuit in tourism tax dispute, de-salted water and a non-drunken mayor.

8. The Man Leading Scripps’ Cultural Transformation 

A hundred managers at Scripps Health jam shoulder-to-shoulder into a vending-machine break room in San Diego. CEO Chris Van Gorder goes at them like a football coach down by 3 at halftime.

9. Sheriff’s Department: No Shoes, No Fancy Degree, No Service 

If you want to get information from the county, it helps to have nice footwear.

10. The Basic Disagreement at the Heart of the Hotels Standoff 

The city attorney rests his case on the fact that hotel owners, not consumers, pay the tax. Even though consumers do pay it.

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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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