These were the most popular Voice of San Diego stories for the week of May 9-15.

1. Doug Manchester’s Big Dream for the Newspaper Never Came True
He’ll probably do well on the real estate, but the ex-U-T owner wanted a lot more out of his newspaper purchase than he ended up getting.

2. Dropping the Ball on the Convention Center
Now that the public knows that the city’s defaulted on the land for a planned Convention Center expansion, city leaders are the ones who ultimately should be held accountable for what’s happening – or not happening – at the Convention Center.

3. What’s That Lot: Another Act for the Boulevard of Broken Dreams
The rundown California Theatre is one of the main characters on C Street, the so-called Boulevard of Broken Dreams in the heart of San Diego. Its days appear to be numbered.

4. The Corner Store King, Part I: From Alcohol to Airstrikes
Mark Arabo leads a trade group of small convenience stores. He’s also turned himself into a major advocate for Christians in Iraq. But not everyone believes his voice represents them.

5. 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.

6. The Corner-Store King, Part II: How Mark Arabo Shook Up El Cajon
El Cajon’s city leaders proposed strict new alcohol rules. But when Mark Arabo was done with them, the mayor had resigned.

7. The Case of the Missing Alpine High School
Tiny Alpine has begged for its own high school since the late 1990s. It thought it would finally get one when a campus was mentioned in two winning school bond measures. It still hasn’t, and the culprits blocking the school range from various district officials to President Ronald Reagan.

8. The U-T’s New Owners Face a Chilling Challenge
Newspapers will keep consolidating to maintain profitability while they figure out how to make money in the digital world as print revenues continue plunge.

9. Conflict of Interest Trips Up Civic San Diego’s Giant Investment Fund
Civic San Diego is trying to find a reason for existing. It was working to build a giant investment fund. But its partner discovered a conflict of interest.

10. California Has Aggressive Solar Goals
The state is hitting some of its targets on big-time solar pledges and pushing for more aggressive standards.

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We polled our readers about where they stand on the feasibility of going solar. The biggest roadblock, they said? Cost.

Posted by Voice of San Diego on Thursday, May 14, 2015

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Potential hundred million dollar conflict of interest fuels concerns about Civic San Diego oversight

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