Plenty of year-end stories recap the past. We’ve looked at the most explosive opinions voiced on VOSD this year, the biggest stories we published and followed, the whopper claims and the most RT-able tweets. But now that the calendar’s flipped over to 2015, we want to look ahead at what’s to come.
We asked a few notable San Diegans what they thought the near future might hold. Our panel includes: April Boling, a CPA and one-time City Council candidate; Barbara Bry, founder of Run Women Run and Athena San Diego,and former editor and CEO of Voice of San Diego; Dwayne Crenshaw, community leader and RiseSD co-founder; Ray Ellis, philanthropist and at one point, Sherri Lightner’s rival for her City Council seat; Joe LaCava, a civil engineer; Diane Moss, executive director of Project New Village and Mary Walshok, dean of UC San Diego Extension.
Below are their edited responses to a few questions focused on the year ahead.
Who’s an emerging leader to watch?
Crenshaw: “The obvious and popular choice has to be Chris Cate. Maybe the new face of ‘compassionate conservatism?’ In the not-so-obvious-choice category, I am eager to see Serge Dedina’s leadership in pushing increased civic engagement as mayor of Imperial Beach. Aspirationally, I am cheering for Marne Foster to flourish as leader of the San Diego Unified School Board. Borrowing from the ‘Wizard of Oz,’ I think Marne may surprise many with her heart, brain and courage to take on some seemingly intractable issues and deeply vested interest groups.”