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Top Stories: Feb. 9-16

These were the most popular Voice of San Diego stories for the week of Feb. 9-16.
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These were the most popular Voice of San Diego stories for the week of Feb. 9-16.

1. Yeah, Stone Brewing Probably Has a Good Case Against MillerCoors and Keystone

In order to prevail on this claim, Stone doesn’t have to prove actual confusion — meaning, they don’t have to produce consumers who bought Keystone Lite on the mistaken belief that it was a Stone Brewing product. Stone simply has to demonstrate likelihood of confusion. (David Lizerbram)

2. How Police Stumbled Onto a Human Smuggling Ring — At a House They’d Been Called to 53 Times

Neighbors called the cops 53 times on a home in Chula Vista. But it took pure dumb luck for Border Patrol and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department to discover a human smuggling ring inside. (Adriana Heldiz)

3. Opinion: The County’s Outrageous Targeting of Reporter Who Exposed Jail Deaths

Taxpayer-funded attorneys are needlessly harassing a journalist who did her job and did it well. They need to knock it off. (Randy Dotinga)

4. San Diego Wants to Combat Its Housing Shortage by Converting Empty Storefronts

San Diego isn’t building enough homes. But it has built too much retail space. The City Council is considering a plan to solve both issues at once, by letting people live in those empty storefronts. (Kinsee Morlan)

5. City Water Bill Mess Puts Attention on the Water Department and Its Lack of Oversight

San Diego’s independent auditor is looking into the city’s water billing issues. But a water department leader is dictating what the auditor can and can’t investigate, raising questions about a lack of oversight. (Ry Rivard)

 

6. King-Chavez Community High School Faces Another Year of Mass Teacher Turnover

Turnover is such an issue that King-Chavez CEO Tim Wolf took the loss of seven educators, nearly a quarter of his staff, in one year as good news. After all, 14 teachers left midyear last school year. (Mario Koran)

7. The Obstacles to — and Opportunities for — Transit-Oriented Development in San Diego

Neighbors often oppose new development, but San Diego still has plenty of options. Many areas near trolley stations zoned for industrial businesses are ripe for the sort of dense projects the city says it wants. (Alon Levy)

8.Legislators Quietly Changed Reform Laws to Allow Pensioners, Like Dumanis, to Take Salary Too

Former San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis drew criticism for inquiring about whether she’d be able to keep receiving a pension and get a salary if elected to the Board of Supervisors. But thanks to under-the-radar changes in Sacramento, other retirees have the option to double-dip, too. (Ashly McGlone)

9. Introducing the Parent’s Guide to Public Schools

Voice of San Diego is pleased to launch our inaugural issue of A Parent’s Guide to Public Schools. (Scott Lewis)

10. Businesses That Lease San Diego’s Sports Arena Land Aren’t Stoked on the City’s Dreams

San Diego is timing the expiration of its leases in and around the Valley View Casino Center with a plan to make way for a massive redevelopment of the area. But the businesses want to stick around for the long haul. (Lynn Walsh)

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