a) Were there enough wonks in this City to make it worthwhile?
b) Would any of the major candidates even show up?
c) Just what the heck do you do at a “fun” political event?
And, d) why is the OB Rag playing along?
The answers are:
a) Yes (it looks like it, based on the twitter traffic I’m seeing),
c) Drink beer, play games and do the ‘bounce’ (A game that we think has something to do with the City’s future financial condition) and
d) Because we’d like to meet you.
We’d like to encourage you to join the fun at Politifest this Saturday, September 17th starting at 10 am. The promised Mayoral debate will begin at 10:30 am (Will Cong. Filner refuse to answer questions because he doesn’t like the format?). Following the debate—promised to be in the “Lincoln-Douglas style”—there will be a an “Idea Tournament” — set up like American Idol — where more than 40 San Diegans will compete starting at Noon to see if their ideas can wow the crowd. The whole festival will get to vote on the best idea.
The OBRag will join with about 80 community and non-profit groups setting up booth and tables at the event. We’re going to be hanging out, handing out bumper stickers, selling a few tee shirts, looking to talk with new writers and hoping to add a human dimension to our web presence.
Festival fun events will include live music (The Blond Brothers), field events (tug-of-war), face painting, a community graffiti wall and animals from Sea World and the Chula Vista Nature Center. Local food trucks (Chop Soo-ey & Devilicious) will be on hand along with a beer garden (Stone).
Here’s the deets:
Saturday, September 17
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ingram Plaza at Liberty Station – 2640 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego, CA 92106 (map)
Here’s the participating groups:
Alliance for African Assistance Asian and Pacific Islander Coalition (APAC-SD) Canvass for a Cause The Children’s School Center on Policy Initiatives Chula Vista Nature Center Dreams for Change Election Integrity Project Empower San Diego Environmental Health Coalition Equinox Center Friends of Balboa Park Green Party of San Diego County iCaucus League of Women Voters of SD The Lincoln Club of San Diego County Lori Saldaña for Congress Media Arts Center San Diego Moving San Diego to a Clean Energy Future Nathan Fletcher for Mayor NBC 7 San Diego OB Rag Paradise Plundered Plaza de Panama Committee Point Loma Association Rob Harter for Mayor San Diego City Firefighters Local 145 San Diego County Bicycle Coaltion San Diego County Republican Party San Diego County Taxpayers Association San Diego Magazine San Diego Mountain Bike Association San Diego Municipal Employees Association San Diego Police Officers Association San Diego Public Library Foundation San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition San Diego Sierra Club SDG&E SDSU Social Action Committee SeaWorld Senior Community Centers of San Diego Spanish Village Arts Center Speak City Heights Women’s Equality Council Writerz Blok