These were the most popular Voice of San Diego stories for the week of Oct. 22-28.

1. 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)

2. National City Grocer Applied for an Alcohol Permit, Then Things Got Weird
The longtime owner of a small market in National City applied for a permit to sell two refrigerator doors’ worth of beer and wine. What happened next offers a peek into the strange world of small-town politics and alcohol permitting drama. (Maya Srikrishnan)

3. Opinion: The Numbers Support the Convadium
The Convention Center is essentially at maximum impact for its size and capacity, and the San Diego market is a strong one for conventions. The convadium will perform very well as a convention center, plus host major sport and entertainment events. (Rob Hunden)

4. SANDAG’s Last Tax Hike Is on Track to Fall Billions Short – and Measure A Could Too
Campaigns for and against Measure A are focusing on how the $18 billion it’s expected to raise will be spent. It turns out there are serious questions over whether the $18 billion they’re fighting over will materialize at all. (Andrew Keatts)

5. Smaller County Cities Could Muddy San Diego’s Plan for Pure Water
San Diego’s recycled water project is facing roadblocks at a crucial time, partly thanks to an unusual problem: the city is running short on sewage. (Ry Rivard)

6. Opinion: The Moral of Measure B: With Enough Money, Anyone Can Build Anything Anywhere
San Diego voters should send a signal that housing belongs near existing housing and services, not in the middle of precious farmland. (James Gordon and Mark Jackson)

7. East Village’s First Public Park Is a Petri Dish Where the Neighborhood’s Problems Have Grown
East Village is in a moment of massive transition. While the neighborhood’s quickly gentrifying and new people and businesses are moving in, the homeless population is also peaking. The tension between those two camps is on full public view at Fault Line Park. (Kinsee Morlan)

8. ‘California Needs to Join the Rest of the World’
Patricia Gándara, co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, rejects the framing offered by those who oppose Prop. 58, a statewide ballot measure that would make it easier to open bilingual education programs. High graduation rates and learning multiple languages are not mutually exclusive, she says. (Mario Koran)

9. With Measure A, SANDAG Is Counting on San Diegans to Spend Like They’ve Never Spent Before
For Measure A to bring in the $18 billion number that’s being touted in mailers and in the official ballot language, the typical San Diego resident would need to spend more money on items subject to the local sales tax than at any time since 1970. (Andrew Keatts)

10. Fact Check: An Investigation in Name Only
A campaign mailer targeting City Council candidate Georgette Gomez claims she’s “currently under investigation by the Fair Political Practices Commission for failure to disclose her financial interests, as required by state law.” (Ry Rivard)

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