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These were the most popular Voice of San Diego stories for the week of Sept. 10-16.
1. Behind the Scenes of San Diego’s Curfew Sweeps
The San Diego Police Department is still conducting curfew sweeps, which happen largely in certain neighborhoods. The department has long held that the sweeps are meant to keep young people safe and to deter crime. Here’s what happened when a VOSD reporter joined SDPD for a curfew sweep ride-along, then returned weeks later to experience another curfew sweep from a community resident’s perspective. (Rachel Evans)
2. The Ultimate Guide to the Local Ballot Measures
Can’t tell Measure E from Measure L? We’ve got you covered. (Voice of San Diego)
3. Why Balboa Park’s Signage Is So Bad
Getting to and around Balboa Park can be confusing. Better signage could help. (Lisa Halverstadt)
4. Embattled County Superintendent Resigns
Randy Ward will get $35,000 as part of his agreement to resign as county superintendent. (Ashly McGlone)
5. San Diego Unified Closes Some Full-Day Preschools Amid Preschool for All Push
Three of the district’s 12 child development centers, preschools intended for parents who work or attend school, are closing this week. The district is also closing one preschool that’s open to all families who meet strict income requirements. The closures come on the heels of the district’s announcement of a new Preschool for All initiative, which it pitched as a preschool expansion. (Mario Koran)
6. SDPD Doubles Down on Decision to Leave Some Rape Kits Untested
SDPD says it has roughly 2,400 sexual-assault kits that haven’t been sent to the crime lab for testing. The department contends its approach is smarter and more efficient: Do the investigative work first to determine whether the kit will help the case. (Kelly Davis)
7. VOSD Podcast: The Real Reason Breweries Sell Out
Jacob McKean, founder of San Diego craft brewery and coffee roaster Modern Times, joins co-hosts Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts this week to talk about what’s really going on when big corporations buy small craft breweries. (Kinsee Morlan)
8. I Asked SDPD Where I Could Legally Stay in My Vehicle Overnight. I’m Still Waiting for an Answer.
As my father and I were being removed from our parking spot on Fiesta Island, I asked an officer where we could go. But instead of giving me an answer, he only told me where we couldn’t go. (Joseph Santilli)
9. Ignoring Sex Ed Only Keeps Myths and Taboos About Sex Alive
California’s new curriculum, which went into effect at the start of this year, has made providing information on abortion, sexual assault and consent and sexual harassment mandatory, but that doesn’t mean anything if it’s not actually being implemented by schools. (Ana Little-Saña)
10. One of the Last Vestiges of East Village Art Is on Its Way Out
Space 4 Art sits in the shadow of a construction crane, one of several towering over the East Village right now. (Kinsee Morlan)