This month we’re attempting something new, a moderated discussion by journalists who are covering the Mayoral Special Election. The meeting will be just days after the results of the Primary are known and there will be a lot of speculation, and no doubt work for club members, in the run up to the run off.
We invited a group of local journalists from the San Diego Free Press, The San Diego Voice and Viewpoint, Union Tribune and other local news channels, who have been closely following the tactics and strategies of the various candidates as they compete for your vote.
Our panelists will include
San Diego Free Press
Andy spent 15 years working in the highest levels of the San Diego professional sports world, including both the Padres and the Chargers. He began his foray into writing while a volunteer for Francine Busby’s 2010 Congressional campaign, eventually becoming a contributor to the now defunct SDNN. He has reported on local and national politics for both the OB Rag and the San Diego Free Press. When not reporting news and events, he offers political and policy commentary from a liberal perspective, occasionally turning back to his sports roots. While he does not hide his more liberal political bent, Andy always strives for fairness in the telling of a story.
NBC 7 I-team
Wendy Fry is a producer for the NBC 7 I-Team, working on local investigations. Fry has covered South County for many years and has won numerous local San Diego Press Club and Society of Professional Journalist awards. In August 2013, Fry was awarded the Holly Whisenhunt Stephen Fellowship from the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting. Wendy moderated the first formal debate of the 2013 mayoral campaign in September and was one of the three journalists asking the questions at NBC 7’s mayoral debate last Friday.
Daniel H. Muñoz
La Prensa San Diego
La Prensa San Diego is a weekly, bilingual (English/Spanish) newspaper of general circulation in San Diego, California. La Prensa San Diego views the news and events through a Hispanic/Chicano perspective or as they like to say through ‘Brown Eyes’. Founded in 1976 La Prensa San Diego is the oldest and largest MexicanAmerican newspaper of general circulation in the City and County of San Diego, California. La Prensa San Diego has a proud record of continuous publication without missing an edition in 33 years of publishing. As a bilingual newspaper, it is proud to present the news in the Spanish, as well as the English language.
Dr John Warren
The San Diego Voice and Viewpoint
Dr. John Warren is the Publisher and Managing Editor of the San Diego Voice & Viewpoint, a 53-year-old nationally award winning publication. Dr. Warren and his late wife and co-publisher, Gerri Warren (emeritus), worked diligently in the community to make the publication what the people want. For more than five decades, The San Diego Voice & Viewpoint has faithfully reported on news from an African-American perspective and African-American communities of San Diego County, from small church gatherings to major political campaigns. As San Diego’s largest African American publication, their news features have highlighted people and events in a more comprehensive manner, while commentators have argued from different points of view in the lively op-ed pages.
We’re fortunate to have our own OFA Liaison, Patrick Schultheis as moderator. Having organized hundreds of press conferences and news events for two German Chancellors, Angela Merkel and Gerhard Schröder, he’s experienced with diplomatically working with the press.
We’ll also have details of our Annual Winter Party and fund-raising efforts for the Western Service Workers Association.
Social Time Members are encouraged to get together from 3:30pm before the meeting starts, please bring whatever light drinks/snacks that you’d like to share. After the meeting ends everyone is invited to adjourn to locally-owned nearby venues to continue progressive conversations.
As the Point Break Cafe outside deck is getting a bit chilly of an evening, and as they are promoting Sunday Night Football, we suggest changing our regular post-meeting venue to either The Living Room Cafe 1018 Rosecrans Street, just across the street behind the Credit Union, or The Wine Pub 2907 Shelter Island Dr, that has an outside patio with a fire pit (and parking in the Union Bank parking lot behind the pub).