These were the most popular Voice of San Diego stories for the week of Oct. 29-Nov. 4.

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. San Diego Unified’s Highly Touted Grad Rate Excluded Thousands of Students
More than 11,000 students began school as freshmen in San Diego Unified in 2012, and just under 6,000 met graduation requirements in 2016. Yet the district proudly touts a 92 percent graduation rate for the class of 2016. The fact that thousands of students left district schools factored heavily into San Diego Unified’s graduation rate. (Mario Koran)

3. Fact Check: Is Sherri Lightner Really Proposing a Ban on Airbnb?
Short-term rental giant Airbnb claims a City Council proposal would make short-term rentals illegal in residential areas. (Lisa Halverstadt)

4. Opinion: Few Thriving Downtowns Include a Stadium — for Good Reason
East Village envisions a future filled with arts and innovation, mixed-use residential, office and commercial development – a plan whose street-smart scale precludes a space-eating football stadium. (Lawrence A. Herzog)

5. Opinion: Vote as a Citizen, Not as a Fan
If you support Measure C, you are putting your fandom ahead of reality, and that’s an extremely scary place to be. (Dallas McLaughlin)

6. ‘Tis the Season for Misleading Mailers
Get ready to clutch those pearls: Mailers about political issues and races around the county are either outright wrong, or provide misleading information. (Andrew Keatts)

7. Opinion: Prop. 58 Would Undermine English Immersion’s Success
No one should be forced into bilingual education at the cost of their educational success so that we can ensure the existence of union jobs. (Joel Anderson)

8. National City Chamber Apologizes for Role in Alcohol Permit Drama
The National City Chamber of Commerce has apologized for getting mixed up in accusations against National City Councilman Jerry Cano. (Maya Srikrishnan)

9. National City Treasurer Candidate Ran Into Financial Problems While Working at Nonprofit
After Ditas Yamane’s involvement in a matter where the proper use of taxpayer funds was brought into question, she is now running for treasurer of National City, a position that oversees the management, budgeting and use of the city and taxpayer funds. Yamane said the case isn’t reflective of her abilities to serve as city treasurer. (Maya Srikrishnan)

10. Some North County Customers Pay Less for Water Than It’s Worth
The Vallecitos Water District – which provides water to 97,000 people in and around San Marcos – has kept rates so low it’s now selling water at a loss. The shenanigans within the small district offer a window into the lengths some California water officials will go to avoid raising rates. (Ry Rivard)

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