These were the most popular Voice of San Diego stories for the week of June 30-July 7.

1. Meet the Public Defender Who Wants to Be San Diego’s Top Prosecutor

Public defender Geneviéve Jones-Wright, in her career history and perspective, would change direction from the law-and-order, tough-on-crime mindset that has dominated district attorney races not just in San Diego, but around the country. (Andrew Keatts)

2. When the Civil War Came to San Diego

Armed Union troops and Confederate wannabes faced off here in 1861. (Randy Dotinga)

3. SDG&E’s Power Moves Have Fended Off Energy Choice Efforts Across San Diego


We Stand Up for You. Will You Stand Up for Us?

Three times in the past 30 years, SDG&E has outmaneuvered local politicians looking to disrupt the company’s power monopoly. Now, SDG&E faces another round of competition from local governments across the county. (Ry Rivard)

4. 5 Border and Immigration Questions for Sen. Kamala Harris

California Sen. Kamala Harris has quickly become an outspoken opponent of Republicans’ immigration policies. In an email interview with VOSD, Harris discussed deported veterans, private detention centers and waiving polygraph tests for potential border agents. (Brooke Binkowski )

5. Culture Report: The Horton Plaza Park Problem

Anger builds over Chinese Historical Museum director’s ouster, neighbors aren’t fans of the Observatory North Park, Suzie’s Farm calls it quits and more in our weekly roundup of the region’s arts and culture news. (Kinsee Morlan)

6. Sacramento Report: Atkins Quiet After Single-Payer’s Death

There’s been a lot of noise over the last week in response to Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon’s decision to hold SB 562, a bill to create a single-payer health care system in California. But San Diego Sen. Toni Atkins, co-author of the bill, hasn’t been among the voices decrying the decision. (Sara Libby)

7.  San Diego Explained: SDPD’s Officer Shortage

On this week’s San Diego Explained, Voice of San Diego’s Andrew Keatts and NBC 7’s Monica Dean dig into why the San Diego Police Department has an officer shortage and what it means for people who live here. (Adriana Heldiz)

8. SANDAG Considering Ballot Measure to Counter State Reform Bill

Board leadership at SANDAG has said it’s ready to put up a 2018 ballot measure that could give voters a say over Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher’s attempt to reform the agency. (Andrew Keatts)

9. The Untold Story Behind the Sweetwater Schools Scandal

An investigation into the Sweetwater Union High School District superintendent eventually snowballed into a massive scandal that resulted in convictions for several school leaders and dominated the news for years. Missing from most of those stories was the small, devoted group of parents and community members who set the whole thing in motion. (Ashly McGlone)

10. Fact Check: San Diego Unified Has More Staffers but Fewer Students

Compare district staffing with district-run school enrollment and the trend is clear: The district budgeted more staff for fewer students in recent years. (Ashly McGlone)

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    Written by Adriana Heldiz

    Adriana Heldiz is Voice of San Diego’s Assistant Digital Manager. She makes videos and helps manage the organization’s online presence. Adriana can be reached at adriana.heldiz@voiceofsandiego.org.

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