These were the most popular Voice of San Diego stories for the week of Oct. 24-Oct. 30.

1. City Numbers Reveal the Extent of SeaWorld San Diego’s Sinking Performance
SeaWorld San Diego’s rent payments to the city of San Diego and its attendance are down as the company faces challenges nationwide. (Lisa Halverstadt)

2. Let’s Talk About Whale Sex – and SeaWorld’s Fight for Their Right to Have It
SeaWorld’s argument for why a ban on orca breeding is such an injustice might come back to haunt them. (Scott Lewis)

3. Fixing Up Neighborhoods Is Easier Said Than Done — Just Ask This Group
An Encanto community group tried to revitalize a neglected neighborhood space. Now city bureaucracy has thrown the whole thing into jeopardy. (Andrew Keatts)

4. Chula Vista Is a College Town in Search of a College
Despite years of setbacks, Chula Vista still has hope it will someday be home to a four-year university. (Maya Srikrishnan)

5. ‘We’d Have to Have Rocks in Our Head to Tell Them the Neighborhood School Isn’t Good’
A real estate agent says she has no idea why Superintendent Cindy Marten told a story about her trashing Franklin Elementary to prospective home-buyers. (Mario Koran)

6. The Game of Principal Musical Chairs: A Rule Book
Superintendent Cindy Marten has wide latitude to move principals around or into new assignments. The process is more robust, expensive and time-consuming if the district intends to fire a principal. (Mario Koran)

7. High School Seniors Can Add a New Line to Their Résumé: Guinea Pig
On top of the new A-G requirements, students are working with new Common Core curriculum and tests. A new SAT test is looming, too. (Christie Ritter)

8. Where Every Local Police Agency Stands on Body Cameras, in One Map
Four of the 11 police departments in the county already have body cameras and the rest are considering them. (Liam Dillon)

9. Culture Report: Still Filling the Void of Filner’s Plaza de Panama Redo
Activating the Plaza de Panama with art, new county-owned public art, a zombie run in Tijuana and more in our weekly culture roundup. (Kinsee Morlan)

10. Lobbying Public Agencies by Day, Guarding Public Dollars by Night
Andy Berg, a local lobbyist for electrical workers, is also assigned to independently police the school construction projects his contractors profit from. (Ashly McGlone)

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