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    Our second-annual Politifest attracted hundreds of civic-minded residents to Point Loma for a day of learning, politicking and fun. The U-T has a recap of the day’s marquee event, a debate between the two mayoral candidates.

    Zingers flew. Rep. Bob Filner tried to bash Councilman Carl DeMaio over the latter’s support from developers, lobbyists and the publisher of the U-T: “They are going to, in fact, buy this election, and buy the city council and buy this city and run it in the way they want.”

    DeMaio urged his rival to “present a vision”: “San Diegans do not want to have dysfunction, division and distraction. They want leadership.”

    On the self-awareness (or lack thereof) front, Filner referred to himself in the third person: “When Bob Filner is elected, it’s going to be neighborhoods not special interests.” And DeMaio, who can be an acidic campaigner, called out his opponent for “attacking others and trying to divide.”

    • Our friends at KOGO have the radio broadcast of the mayoral debate for your review. They aired it live Saturday.

    • Using the social media tool Storify, Sandy Coronilla created an online summaryof the mayoral debate. You can also check a Politifest photo gallery from NBC 7 San Diego.

    • CBS 8 covered it as well, zeroing in on an exchange about paying city employees for their performance, as opposed to their tenure.

    • The U-T’s Karla Peterson added some more color about DeMaio at the event. (Including why he wouldn’t take off his blazer for the debate despite the heat.)

    • The Independent Voter Network also wrote up some thoughts. Member George Janczyn posted some nice photos. As a matter of fact, the Twitter search of Politifest is full of great reflections, constructive criticism and photos.

    • We recorded the whole thing, which included a mayoral debate, school board debate and often tense discussion for and against Proposition Z. We’ll roll out the videos in coming days and get our fact checkers to work.

    The above text also appeared in today’s Morning Report.

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    VOSD members and staff enjoy a pancake breakfast before Politifest.

     

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    VOSD CEO Scott Lewis

     

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    Congressional candidate Scott Peters (right) chats with VOSD CEO Scott Lewis.

     

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    Rep. Bob Filner (left) and City Councilman Carl DeMaio in the mayoral debate.

     

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    NBC 7 San Diego’s Gene Cubbison, KOGO’s LaDona Harvey and KPBS’ Peggy Pico (left to right) made up the media panel at the mayoral debate between Rep. Bob Filner and City Councilman Carl DeMaio.

     

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    VOSD vice president Mary Walter-Brown, VOSD member volunteer Zack Warma and VOSD membership manager Summer Polacek (left to right).

     

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    VOSD volunteers direct the crowd to the City 101 sessions, where you could quickly learn about key issues.

     

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    Curious George interacts with Politifest attendees.

     

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    San Diego Unified school board candidates John Lee Evans, Richard Barrera, Bill Ponder and Mark Powell participate in a debate (left to right).

     

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    San Diego Unified school board member Scott Barnett and San Diego County Taxpayers Association CEO Lani Lutar discuss school construction bond Proposition Z with VOSD CEO Scott Lewis (right) moderating.

     

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    You could participate in a Politifest scavenger hunt.

     

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    VOSD member Omar Passons, congressional candidate Scott Peters and Politifest attendee Colin Parent talk in the beer garden (left to right).

     

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    Politifest attendee Stephen Heverly, Politifest attendee Efrem Bycer and City Council President Tony Young talk at Politifest (left to right).

     

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    Politifest attendee Tanya Mannes interacts with the Penny and Pete the penguin characters from SeaWorld.

     

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    Kids could also play in an inflatable boxing ring.

     

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    Penny the penguin from SeaWorld

     

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    Reality Changers founder and president Christopher Yanov repeats as the Politifest Idea Tournament winner and holds up his trophy, created by former City Councilwoman Donna Frye.

     

    Captions by Dagny Salas.

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      Written by Dagny Salas

      Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.


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