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These were the most popular Voice of San Diego stories for the week of Jan. 9-Jan. 15.
1. San Diego Tried to Beat the Chargers at the NFL Game and Lost
The Chargers might not be good at football, but we should have known this wasn’t a game we could beat them at. (Scott Lewis)
2. Without the Chargers, Qualcomm Stadium Will Still Be a Money Pit
It costs money to keep Qualcomm functioning with or without the Chargers. (Liam Dillon)
3. Chargers Got L.A. But May Not Want It — Here’s What Happens Now
Here are the major questions that arose from the anti-climatic, incomplete resolution of the drama of the Chargers’ bid to move to Los Angeles. (Liam Dillon)
4. Why San Diego Hasn’t Ended Veteran Homelessness Even Though Others Have
Recently, major metros have declared victory over a seemingly intractable problem. Here are three reasons San Diego continues to lag behind. (Lisa Halverstadt)
5. For a Defeat, Things Worked Out Pretty Well for Chargers Owner
San Diego officials are practically begging Dean Spanos to demand more concessions from them. He has a ticket to the newest, best football stadium ever built in the second largest market in the country and an extra $100 million to make a deal here. (Scott Lewis)
6. Imperial Beach Quietly Ushers in a Wave of New Development
Several major developments in the coastal town are either slated to start construction soon or awaiting final approval. (Maya Srikrishnan)
7. Lawsuit Claims Retaliation by Schools Trustee Marne Foster
School of Creative and Performing Arts counselor Kim Abagat claims San Diego Unified trustee Marne Foster abused her position as an elected official. (Mario Koran)
8. Poway Superintendent Negotiating Raises for District Managers — Including Himself
Poway Unified School District Superintendent John Collins is jockeying for a 4 percent raise for himself and other district managers. (Ashly McGlone)
9. Joe LaCava Bows Out of District 1 City Council Race
Joe LaCava is dropping out of the District 1 City Council race, leaving Democrat Barbara Bry and Republican Ray Ellis to face off. (Maya Srikrishnan)
10. City’s Messy Trash System Is Here to Stay for at Least Seven Years
The City Council voted unanimously Monday to extend the rights of 11 different trash companies to operate in the city through 2023. The move locks in a place a system that the city auditor recommended should be changed. (Ry Rivard)