These were the most popular Voice of San Diego stories for the week of April 30-May 6.

1. Two Home Invasions, Two Families Who Waited on Hold With 911
In response to a recent infant death after a family waited on hold with 911, SDPD has discussed its average wait times. But being an outlier doesn’t offer much comfort when there’s an intruder in your home, as there was for two families that waited several minutes each for someone to pick up their call. (Andrew Keatts)

2. School District Offers Money to Parent of Bullied Students – If She Keeps Quiet and Sends Her Kids Away
Shelly Monroe submitted a complaint to the Santee School District, saying her children were racially harassed and asking the district to bus her children to San Diego. At first, the district told her there were no available funds to meet her demand, she said. But once her story got out, the district offered to compensate Monroe to drive the kids out of town for school. (Rachel Evans)

3. Opinion: Don’t Blame Airbnb for San Diego’s Housing Crisis
It’s no secret we have a long way to go to address our housing crisis. But what we cannot do is halt innovation under the false pretense it will solve this problem. (Chris Cate)

4. What San Diego’s Doing About Homelessness
Here’s a guide to the latest regional strategies to help the homeless. (Lisa Halverstadt)

5. Manchester Donation Highlights a Big Question for D3
After taking heat for receiving support from Republicans in general, District 3 City Council candidate Anthony Bernal is now being called out for a specific donation from Doug Manchester, the conservative developer who helped finance Prop. 8. (Andrew Keatts)

6. Opinion: Chargers’ Plan Puts San Diego Tourism Economy at Risk
Under the Chargers’ stadium plan, San Diego taxpayers would be forced to backfill shortfalls, and the Chargers’ decision to tie its tax plan to our tourism economy makes us vulnerable. (Ray Ellis)

7. After a Rush to Build Costly Water Treatment Plants, They’re Now Sitting Unused
This winter, demand for water was so low that the San Diego County Water Authority temporarily idled a $160 million plant in San Marcos that it built less than a decade ago. Water agencies that went into debt building treatment plants still have to pay up, whether the plant is needed every day or not. (Ry Rivard)

8. Charters and Teachers Union Heat Up Normally Quiet County Board of Education Races
The next board will choose a new superintendent, and continue to play a role in which charter schools are allowed to operate in the county. (Mario Koran)

9. Teachers’ Biggest Challenge: The Bi-Illiterate Student
The central task for those teaching English-earners is how to helpstudents overcome the two-pronged challenge of learning a new languagewhile trying to master academic content like math, science and history. (Mario Koran)

10. San Diego’s Got an Emergency Shelter Emergency
Counterintuitively, the increased focus on connecting the homeless with permanent housing has further emphasized the city’s need for short-term beds. (Lisa Halverstadt)

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