These were the most popular Voice of San Diego stories for the week of Jan. 23-Jan. 29.

1. How Bob Filner’s Chief of Staff Went From Public Servant to Pariah
Lee Burdick, who served as former Mayor Bob Filner’s chief of staff, offers her own account of why she stuck in the role as things came crashing down. (Lee Burdick)

2. The 5 Craziest Moments From the New Filner Book
Bob Filner’s former chief of staff Lee Burdick has written a deep insider account of the nine insane months Filner was San Diego’s mayor. We’ve pulled out the most explosive anecdotes. (Liam Dillon)

3. Saldaña: Voters Deserve ‘a Clear Contrast’
Lori Saldaña talks about her disgust with the local Democratic establishment and her desire to drive a conversation about San Diego’s future. (Liam Dillon)

4. Weber Staffer Will Challenge Marne Foster for School Board Seat
LaShae Collins, a staff member in Assemblywoman Shirley Weber’s office, will make a run for Marne Foster’s seat on the San Diego Unified school board. (Mario Koran)

5. Why People Care About Schools But Not School Board Elections
School board trustee Mike McQuary strolled onto the school board without facing a challenger in 2014. Trustee Marne Foster is being investigated by the DA’s office but so far isn’t facing any serious opposition. (Mario Koran)

6. You’ll Want to Read the New Book by Bob Filner’s Former Chief of Staff
In ‘Bob Filner’s Monster,’ Lee Burdick describes moment after jaw-dropping moment of Filner’s villainy. But Filner isn’t the only one who looks bad. (Liam Dillon)

7. How Old Town Academy Went from Restraining Orders to Renewal
The tension between academics and operations has played out in dramatic ways at Old Town Academy, a charter school in Middletown. (Mario Koran)

8. North Park Presents a Big Test for City’s Climate Action Plan
Even as the urban neighborhood has become a sort-of template for city planners, it’s still facing some of the usual tensions as it tries to map out its development future. (Andrew Keatts)

9. San Diego Explained: A New Option for Affordable Housing — in Tijuana
VOSD’s Maya Srikrishnan and NBC 7 San Diego’s Monica Dean dive in to a new trend in affordable housing in this week’s San Diego Explained. (Lina Chankar)

10. The City Still Can’t Spend All the Road Repair Money It Has
Even though the city doesn’t have enough cash to fix its crumbling infrastructure, it can’t spend the money it does have quickly enough. (Liam Dillon)

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