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These were the most popular Voice of San Diego stories for the week of April 25-May 1.
1. It’s Over: The Chargers Are Done With San Diego
An NFL VP reiterates that a complex real estate deal to fund a new stadium probably won’t work. With other challenges, this deal is done.
2. What’s That Lot: An Eyesore in Encinitas
Welcome to our new occasional series about mysterious pieces of property in San Diego. We’re beginning with a salvage yard near the coast in Encinitas that could be a coffee shop some day.
3. The 10 Schools San Diego Parents Are Avoiding Most
The district’s numbers showing which schools enroll the most neighborhood students are stark: Schools in wealthier areas are doing far better at attracting their own neighbors than schools in poorer neighborhoods.
4. Goodbye, $4,000 iPads; Hello, $700 iPads
The district says it’s listened to critics upset with using long-term bonds to pay for short-term technology. It’s now spending a lot less for iPads.
5. Councilman Hints at Disturbing Sexual Abuse in SDPD
Shortly after the announcement of three settlements with victims, Councilman David Alvarez released a foreboding statement that hints at a deeper problem within the department. Here’s where things stand on improving oversight in the department.
6. ‘We Want to Feel a Little Bit of Magic in the Places We Go’
Hints of the unexpected and undesigned cropped up throughout our eighth Meeting of the Minds, this time focused on some of the most inspiring architecture around San Diego.
7. That Civic San Diego Fight Is About Unions
The assemblywoman’s bill aims to give the City Council control over downtown development. But it also opens the door for greater labor involvement in downtown decision-making.
8. The Learning Curve: Go Where the Good Teachers Are
USD’s Paula Cordeiro says quality teaching should be parents’ No. 1 priority when shopping for a school.
9. Only You Can Prevent Stormwater Pollution (Because the State Can’t Keep Up)
A recycling business in Logan Heights is under fire for polluting the stormwater system. But it’s not the state bringing down the hammer.
10. With Tax Hikes, SD Schools Put Stadium Spending Above Classrooms
San Diego Unified has spent $107 million from recent construction bonds on stadiums and other athletic amenities while classroom repairs take a back seat.
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It’s done. Unless plans in L.A. fall apart, the Chargers are breaking up with San Diego. http://t.co/5nRuaO1Lta
— Voice of San Diego (@voiceofsandiego) April 26, 2015