These were the most popular Voice of San Diego stories for the week of May 2-8.

1. San Diego Police Struggle to Explain Killing Unarmed Man in Mira Mesa
A San Diego police officer shot and killed 31-year-old Victor Ortega three years ago, saying it was self-defense. A federal court judge recently raised doubt about the officer’s story.

2. Return of Bungalow Courts? City Opens Up Small Lot Divisions
San Diego put through a new small-lot ordinance to remove a hurdle in regulations that made it difficult to build separate homes on a single lot.

3. City Attorney Spurns Mayor’s Stadium Task Force
Jan Goldsmith says he won’t meet in private with the mayor’s stadium advisory group. And he’s trying to broker a meeting between the city and the Chargers.

4. New Houses Won’t Drain Our Water Supply
At least a handful of public water utilities in San Diego County may stop issuing water meters or begin charging higher fees.

5. Fact Check: The Super Bowl Rotation Myth
ESPN analyst flubs a reason for San Diego to build a new Chargers stadium.

6. Required Reading on San Diego’s Solar Surge
We culled the best stories on the local and national shift to more solar resources – and the hiccups along the way.

7. 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.

8. Balboa Park’s Trees Are Dying in the Drought
The city is working to save drought-stricken trees in Balboa Park, but it will have to let some die.

9. It’s Over: The Chargers Are Done With San Diego
An NFL VP reiterates that a complex real estate deal to fund a new Chargers stadium probably won’t work. With other challenges, this deal is done.

10. We’re Launching a Quest about Solar Panels
Rooftop solar is on the rise in San Diego but the industry’s at a key crossroads that could shift its future.

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Another casualty of the drought: Balboa Park’s trees.

Posted by Voice of San Diego on Thursday, May 7, 2015

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If Balboa Park had been hooked up to use recycled water, a few more trees might’ve been saved from drought

— Voice of San Diego (@voiceofsandiego) May 8, 2015

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