8. The San Diego County Taxpayers Association's annual dinner is a huge hit thanks to a hilarious skit based on the movie, The Hangover. Yes, that is Police Chief Bill Lansdowne tasering Councilman Carl DeMaio.
7. Despite resistance from the San Diego Chargers and some hotel owners with properties located outside Downtown, the City Council moved forward with plans to expand one of the region's leading economic engines.
4. San Diego Unified, the state's second-largest school district, flirts with insolvency -- again. The district's budget problems are expected to dominate headlines in 2012 and be a major issue in the upcoming mayor's race.