It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since our kickoff meeting at the Bamboo Lounge last June.
We’ve made some great progress towards the goals our founder, Linda Perine, set for us back then
1. Focus on policy not personalities
– a problem that San Diego politics has suffered from in the past
2. Change the conversation
– we will define policies and issues
3. Increase our knowledge
– through research and education, by and for our members
Last year we ran a successful series of articles with the San Diego Free Press – Who Runs San Diego?
- Local Broadcast TV News Operations
- Douglas Manchester and U-T San Diego
- Papa Doug the Kingmaker
- The Grand Experiment at Voice of San Diego
- The Role of Community Weeklies
- The Use and Abuse of the Transient Occupancy Tax
- Six False Premises for Convention Center Expansion
- How Do You Solve a Problem like Sea World?
- Deals Like the One Proposed for Belmont Park Amount to a War on Taxpayers
- The City’s Dubious Partnership with Sea World
- Some Taxpayers Are More Equal Than Others at the County Taxpayers Association
- The Lincoln Club’s Role in Our Shadow Government
- Co-opting an Icon in Hillcrest
We educated ourselves with
- July – an analysis of the June Primary elections – We Walked. We Lost. What Now?
- August – a conversation with Frank Gormlie, Doug Porter and Eva Posner on Media Control of Public Discussion
- September – a presentation by Cory Briggs on the convention center expansion & the tourism marketing district and asked But Who is Looking Out For The Rest of Us?
- October – a presentation and discussion with Anne Hoiberg on the Hobby Lobby decision and A Woman’s Right to Sex
- November – a discussion with three courageous San Diegan women Martha Sullivan, Sarah Boot and Carol Kim on activism and post-election analysis – Warrior Women: the Wins, the Losses & the Future
- January – a discussion on Steve Rivera’s Vision for the Party
- February – a woman on a mission, Nicole Capretz, Leading the Charge for the Community Action Plan
- March – a conversation with Council President Sherri Lightner
- April – a presentation from Anne Hoiberg with Women Who Totally Get It
- May – a discussion on Why San Diego City Council District 9 Is Important
We still have a lot to do. The local races next year will present a variety of challenges with a tough race to unseat the Mayor, to appoint a wise City Attorney and to elect progressives in D1, D3, D7 and D9.
Join us as we look back, look forward and discuss how to get a chair at the table to write the menu and eat the cake.
As California Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris recently told District 6 2014 candidate Carol Kim –
“Stay in it. Try again!”
This month’s meeting will take place at 4089 Fairmount Ave, San Diego, CA 92105 (map) co-located with the AjA Project, overflow parking is available at the adjacent East African Community Center just south on Fairmount Ave.
Bring food to share ~ there will be cake.