This year, the Voice of San Diego staff decided to inaugurate a new tradition: Choose a Voice of the Year.
Inspired, of course, by Time magazine’s annual effort to decide who most influenced news for better or worse this year, we have done it our own way. We defined the Voice of the Year as the person who provoked the most important conversations in San Diego over the last year.
This is not an honor. It just is. As you’ll see from the choice. But we’ve added several other sub-categories of stand-out voices of the year.
Check out the whole special presentation to see who was the “alarm ringer” the “calming voice” and the “voice of blue San Diego” among several others.
Behind the Bring-Budget-to-the-People Movement
A local left-leaning think tank called the Center on Policy Initiatives has been bringing together dozens of local groups to seek input from residents about how the city should spend its funds. Known together as the Community Budget Alliance, the groups say they’ve had success convincing city leaders to push for programs that prevent crime, help students get to school safely and more.
In a new Q&A interview, we asked Christie Hill, a head honcho at the think tank, about what the alliance hopes to accomplish, how it’s working on the next annual budget, and how the efforts fit into the world of “participatory budgeting.”