These were the most popular Voice of San Diego stories for the week of June 20-26.
1. Opinion: Mission Valley Needs More of What it Doesn’t Have, No More of What it Does
While everyone’s so distracted by the Chargers back-and-forth, we’re missing a big opportunity to create a real San Diego River Park – one that could rival Balboa Park – near the site of the team’s current home.
2. San Diego: The Eighth Largest City — But Still Mostly a Suburb
The vast majority of new solar customers lease panels instead of buying them. One reason is obvious: the upfront costs are lower or nonexistent. But money and convenience isn’t the sole driver of the solar leasing phenomenon – there’s also a powerful marketing push behind it.
3. Fact Check: Where San Diego’s Poorest Live
El Cajon is one of the poorest cities in San Diego County, but it doesn’t rank lowest in the region on all criteria that define poverty.
4. Everything That Can Go Wrong When You Go Solar
People mulling whether to install solar panels fear the worst-case scenarios. We fleshed out what those are and whether they’re worth the worry.
5. The Case Against Isolating English-Learners
School districts across the country are confounded by the question of how to help English learners. Kearny High may offer a glimpse at what’s been missing.
6. Planners’ Density Dreams Are About to Come True on El Cajon Boulevard
More than 800 new rental units will start construction along El Cajon Boulevard in the next two years.
7. Some Homeowners Looking to Move Must Deal With a Change of PACE
PACE loans can make pricey projects like solar panels possible for homeowners with bad credit. But they can also make moving a lot more complicated.
8. Meet San Diego’s Newest Kids on the Block
In cultural institutions, education and sports to name a few, San Diego’s got some new names to know.
9. New Balboa Park Leader Has a Lot to Tackle — Including, Possibly, Déjà Vu
At his last job, the new head of the Balboa Park Conservancy dealt with a spate of issues remarkably similar to those he’ll face in San Diego.
10. Who Lied? Part V: Bosnich Did.
Throwing mud at a candidate during a political campaign is not a crime. But lying to police, the FBI and fabricating evidence? That’s what took down Carl DeMaio accuser Todd Bosnich, and it’s what’s thrown his entire story into question.