These were the most popular Voice of San Diego stories for the week of August 1-7.

1. San Diego’s 5 Hottest Startups
Every now and then, a San Diego startup manages to create enough noise to drown out all that Silicon Valley buzz. Here are a few on the verge. (Lily Leung)

2. Chargers Prep to Blow the City’s Crucial Deadline
The city has a mid-September deadline to come to terms with the Chargers. And yet it seems clear the Chargers have no intention of coming on board by then. (Scott Lewis)

3. County on Required Stadium Vote: What Required Stadium Vote?
The long history of efforts to bring professional football to Carson involves 15 years of false starts, delays and inaction until a few months ago. (Scott Lewis)

4. San Diego Red Cross Chapter Hit With Whistleblower Lawsuit
Barely a year into his tenure, local Red Cross chapter CEO Bill Earley is facing allegations he swapped private donor information for personal gain. (Ashly McGlone)

5. The Jacobs Plan Is Back — Kinda
With the legal challenge to the plan renewed, an absent financial backer and two naysayers vying to represent District 3 on the City Council, the future of the potentially revived Jacobs plan is still murky at best. (Catherine Green)

6. The People vs. Pasha
The success of vehicle importer Pasha Automotive Services has resurrected a longstanding debate: Should a car business take priority over public amenities? (Ashly McGlone)

7. School Board President Solicits Funds for Kids — Her Own
San Diego Unified school board President Marne Foster held a fundraiser last weekend – not for her campaign or for a charitable cause, but for her family. (Mario Koran)

8. Big Companies, Not Homeowners, Run Biggest Share of Short-Term Rentals
Data shows that a large chunk of short-term rentals in San Diego are run by big companies, not individual owners. (Zoe Schaver)

9. San Diego Unified’s Had Some Dark Days With Solar
Despite its struggles with solar power so far, the district is preparing to ramp up its solar footprint with a major investment of bond funds. (Lisa Halverstadt)

10. For Solar-Powered Schools, SDG&E Is a Dark Cloud Always Looming
School districts across the county have repeatedly pushed back against SDG&E proposals they say could devalue their investments in solar panels. (Lisa Halverstadt)

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