These were the most popular Voice of San Diego stories for the week of May 16-22.

1. The Chargers Stadium Plan Would Cost Taxpayers Almost $1 Billion
An analysis of the Chargers stadium plan released by this week shows that once you factor in some costs the task force left out, the bill gets even higher.

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. The Big Problem with the New New Stadium Plan
Combined with the a public vote, necessary zoning changes to make money off a Mission Valley land sale would take too long to meet the Chargers’ demands.

4. SANDAG Isn’t Good at Predicting Population Growth
SANDAG’S growth projections inform long-term decisions on housing, water and transportation. But they’ve overestimated how many people will come since 1990.

5. What to Watch for in a Chargers Stadium Deal
The stadium task force’s plan is supposed to come out soon. Here are 10 big questions we’ll be looking for the task force’s plan to answer.

6. Officials: That Wildly Popular Water-Saving Program Isn’t Really Worth It
Water agency leaders are now questioning whether giving rebates to people and businesses who switch to drought-resistant lawns is a good use of funds.

7. What Happens When a Drought Lasts Longer Than We Think
Officials make lots of assumptions to ensure we’ll have water in the future. Sometimes, they have to re-evaluate those assumptions.

8. County Supe Would Get Lifelong Pension Even if He Quit Now
At the heart of the controversy about Supervisor Dave Roberts is a car allowance. It will also benefit him many years after he leaves the county.

9. What’s Behind the Brewing Republican Civil War in East County
County Supervisor Dianne Jacob has developed quite an enemies list in office. State Sen. Joel Anderson sees an opportunity.

10. Palomar College’s Top Leaders Will Cash in on Early Retirement Deal They Created
College President Robert Deegan and two vice presidents will take home roughly $150,000 each as an early retirement incentive.


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