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These were the most popular Voice of San Diego stories for the week of Apr. 9-Apr. 15.
1. No One Can Find Balboa Park
Leaders tasked with promoting Balboa Park admit that even they had a tough time finding the park on their first try. Now they’re trying to make it easier. (Lisa Halverstadt )
2. How San Diego Is Getting Ready for Self-Driving Cars
SANDAG says the 30 miles of express, carpool and bus lanes it has built on the I-15, I-5 and I-805 could double as testing grounds for driverless cars. (Maya Srikrishnan )
3. Your Speeding Ticket Might Not Be Enforceable
Attorney Coleen Cusack wants the city to conduct valid traffic surveys. If a traffic survey is more than 10 years old, the speed limit on that portion of road is considered unenforceable under state law — but most people don’t know that. (Kelly Davis)
4. Opinion: Now That the State Has Spoken, San Diego Should Drop Its Minimum Wage Measure
The San Diego minimum wage ballot initiative still looms. This now unnecessary initiative will put city businesses at a tremendous disadvantage in the short term and create an unreasonable financial burden for most small businesses. (Harry Schwartz )
5. Oceanside Road Diet Tests City’s New Transportation Vision
It’s looking like the end of the road for the car-only highway. (Ruarri Serpa)
6. Council Members Want Zombie Redevelopment Dollars to Lure Actual Development Dollars
Where development is economically viable, it isn’t politically viable. And where it’s politically viable, it isn’t economically viable. Councilman David Alvarez and others are eyeing a new pot of money to address the problem. (Andrew Keatts)
7. San Diego Explained: Encinitas’ Dearth of Affordable Housing
In this week’s San Diego Explained, VOSD’s Maya Srikrishnan details the city of Encinitas’ pushback against a state law meant to produce more affordable housing. (Lina Chankar)
8. Preservationists Clamor for Say on City’s Historical Resources Board
Historical preservationist groups think the mayor has ignored them. (Kinsee Morlan)
9. Culture Report: Tiny Doo on Being Propelled Into Politics
Making Reo Drive the next Adams Avenue, Baja considers a bullfighting ban, preservationists aren’t happy with the mayor and more in our weekly roundup of arts and culture news. (Kinsee Morlan)
10. Opinion: The Case for Higher Water Rates
Metropolitan Water District is proposing overall rate increases of 4 percent for each of the next two years. There is local opposition and calls for a delay or no rate increase. But strong financial practices at Metropolitan are essential to maintaining the backbone of the region’s water infrastructure. (Meena Westford)