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These were the most popular Voice of San Diego stories for the week of Aug. 22-28.
1. Everything We Know About What Went Down at the School of Creative and Performing Arts
A clearer picture of what led to the ouster of Mitzi Lizarraga, the principal of the School of Creative and Performing Arts, is finally starting to emerge. (Mario Koran)
2. The Deal With All Those Other Comic-Cons
Many other comics and pop culture conventions have cropped up since Comic-Con debuted in 1970 but Comic-Con’s managed to maintain its prestige. (Lisa Halverstadt)
3. Developer Won’t Take No for an Answer on Massive Lilac Hills Ranch Project
Fire officials and county staffers have spoken out against Lilac Hills Ranch. But developer Accretive Investments keeps moving forward. (Andrew Keatts and Maya Srikrishnan)
4. Footage Witness: SDPD Officer Shot Unarmed Man ‘Hastily’ and With No Provocation
An SDPD officer’s killing of an unarmed man in April was unprovoked, according to a sworn statement from someone who viewed footage of the incident. (Liam Dillon)
5. Marne Foster’s ‘a Mother First’ – for Better or Worse
Even those who support school board president Marne Foster admit she makes decisions as a mother without consideration of her position on the school board. (Mario Koran)
6. Developers Seek Permission to Build in Severe Wildfire Risk Areas
Several of the large projects asking for exemptions from the county’s general plan are in areas the state classifies as “very high risk” for wildfires. (Maya Srikrishnan and Andrew Keatts)
7. San Diego Police Have Turned Down Big Opportunities to Be Transparent
During Shelley Zimmerman’s 18 months as police chief, she’s kept as much information about important issues from the public as she can. (Liam Dillon)
8. Developer and County May Seize Private Property for Lilac Hills Project
San Diego County officials could use their eminent domain power to take private property from neighbors of Lilac Hills Ranch to make way for project. (Andrew Keatts and Maya Srikrishnan)
9. If the Mayor Doesn’t Decide Soon on Split Convention Center, the Market Might
The decision about where to put the next big Convention Center expansion and how to pay for it is looming once again. (Ashly McGlone)
10. 8 Facts That Explain SDG&E’s Complicated Relationship With Rooftop Solar
The dynamics of rooftop solar and its growth in the region pit San Diego Gas & Electric and solar supporters against each another. (Lisa Halverstadt)