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These were the most popular Voice of San Diego stories for the week of July 18-24.
1. The Biggest Threats Facing Qualcomm
San Diego’s Qualcomm still dominates the mobile chip-making industry. But an earnings call Wednesday made clear it’s not untouchable. (Lily Leung)
2. Damning Report Slams Dysfunction at Poway Unified
Poway Unified hired a consultant to help it improve the district’s IT services. Instead, the consultant offered an indictment of the district as a whole. (Ashly McGlone)
3. Rapid Bus Isn’t as Rapid as Everyone Hoped
The City Council is being asked to spend $2.1 million to study the impact of replacing the stadium. It’s money that could go to other city needs. (Zoe Schaver)
4. Mayor Fires Leader of Cursed City Purchasing Department
Last year, the city’s long-troubled Purchasing and Contracting Department was looking at a bright new future of increased efficiency and stable leadership. Now the department is back in flux. (Scott Lewis)
5. Attorney: Feds Were Investigating Filner for Almost His Entire Mayorship
An investigation against the ex-mayor was launched in February 2013, aided by Bob Filner’s police security detail, an attorney in a related case said Friday. (Liam Dillon)
6. Fact Check: Little Crime Time for City Prosecutors?
“Criminal prosecution is a tiny part of the responsibilities of that office,” political consultant Tom Shepard, who is consulting for San Diego city attorney candidate Gil Cabrera, told the San Diego Union-Tribune about the city attorney’s office. (Randy Dotinga)
7. San Diego Won More Than Money in Ruling Against Rival Water Agency
The judge said the County Water Authority is entitled to a greater share of Metropolitan’s water supply. If the drought continues, that may come in handy. (Ry Rivard)
8. No, a New Stadium Isn’t Good for the Economy
A City Council vote kept a new Chargers Stadium alive. But for years, economists have said professional sports subsidies don’t help the economy. (Liam Dillon)
9. San Diego Explained: Slow Going for a New Chargers Stadium
The city is putting an environmental review of a replacement Chargers stadium on the fast track, but it has other options that could speed up the process of getting the team to negotiate. Scott Lewis and NBC 7’s Catherine Garcia explain. (Catherine Green)
10. County to Mayor: Sorry, Can’t Help You on Stadium Work
For months, we’ve been told that the county could get out of its requirement to hold a vote before funding a stadium. Now the county says it’s stuck. (Scott Lewis)