I’m very excited to announce an upcoming event: Politifest 2011!

San Diego has many festivals that feature art, food, music, culture and all of our unique neighborhoods. This town knows how to do festivals.

Along with NBC 7 San Diego, we decided to put on a festival that will feature this community’s future: A celebration of the ideas and debates that will shape our region. It’ll be a family friendly setting.


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We’ll have field day activities and games for the kids (and kids at heart), a mayoral debate, an innovative Idea Tournament (more about that below), a beer garden, food trucks, and dozens of booths from civic and political organizations across the spectrum.

So join us Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Liberty Station’s Ingram Plaza at Historic Decatur and Cushing roads for the celebration.

What the heck is an Idea Tournament? Glad you asked.

We’re working on the particulars, but if you are a resident of the San Diego region, and you have an idea that could help make this a better place to live, work and play, sign up here (or on the left side of this post). You’ll get a few minutes to present your idea to a table of judges. If you move on to Round 2, you’ll get to elaborate on the idea.

Then, if you move on to the final round, you’ll get to present your idea on stage in front of the entire crowd. Then, the crowd will vote on a winner, and I’ll publish a column about the winner’s idea.

If you’re a member of a political club, an activist, a member of the media, a civic organization or any other group interested in the future of this great community, please email Summer Polacek and get your booth reserved. Hurry, the spots may go fast.

Finally, there’s the mayoral debate. Some insiders complained it was too early for this. But the June primary election for one of the most exciting mayoral race in decades will be less than nine months away from Politifest. Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher and Congressman Bob Filner have both agreed to participate.

Even if it’s just them it will be a fantastic discussion. I’m holding out hope that District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and City Councilman Carl DeMaio will find it in their hearts to share their vision of the city with this great crowd.

It will be worth it. We’re working on innovative ways to handle the debate. NBC 7 San Diego’s Gene Cubbison and our own Andrew Donohue will moderate.

Please join us and bring the whole family. After all, it’s the kids who will deal with the decisions this community is debating right now. But they don’t have to sweat them too much. We’ll have games, tug-of-wars, several food trucks and an atmosphere we can all be proud of. All of it will be managed by the personalities you know from NBC 7 San Diego and VOSD.

We could use one or two more sponsors to help us get the word out. If you’re interested, email Camille Gustafson.

I’ll be running the Idea Tournament, so sign up now. It’s a great chance to be heard.

You can contact me directly at scott.lewis@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.325.0527 and follow me on Twitter (it’s a blast!):

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    Written by Scott Lewis

    I'm Scott Lewis, the editor in chief of Voice of San Diego. Please contact me if you'd like at scott.lewis@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.325.0527 and follow me on Twitter (it's a blast!): @vosdscott.

    6 comments
    Allen Hemphill
    Allen Hemphill subscribermember

    But the Idea Tournament is a great concept. All of the good ideas do not exist among the political class!

    Akamai
    Akamai

    But the Idea Tournament is a great concept. All of the good ideas do not exist among the political class!

    Kelly Prescott
    Kelly Prescott subscriber

    Wait a Mira Mesa Street Fair is the same day? So Where will Nathan be? focusing on the Mayoral race or doing his job in the community he represents?

    AirForceMom
    AirForceMom

    Wait a Mira Mesa Street Fair is the same day? So Where will Nathan be? focusing on the Mayoral race or doing his job in the community he represents?

    Jeffry Stevens
    Jeffry Stevens subscribermember

    Unfortunately that is the same day as the Mira Mesa Street Fair, which runs from 10-5 on Camino Ruiz between Mira Mesa Blvd and New Salem. Your participants are welcome to join us after the conclusion of your event.

    JffStevens
    JffStevens

    Unfortunately that is the same day as the Mira Mesa Street Fair, which runs from 10-5 on Camino Ruiz between Mira Mesa Blvd and New Salem. Your participants are welcome to join us after the conclusion of your event.