Photos: Politifest 2011 | Voice of San Diego


Photos: Politifest 2011

Scenes from the mayoral debate, the Idea Tournament and
activities at Politifest.


Want to relive Politifest? Here are some photos of the mayoral debate, the Idea Tournament and activities from our first-ever festival celebrating ideas for San Diego’s future. All photos are by freelance photographer Roberto (Bear) Guerra.

   Cath DeStefano, executive director of the San Diego Diplomacy Council, chats with some of the Politifest attendees.


   Several candidates for mayor of San Diego prepare to face off during the Politifest mayoral debate: David Cardon, Hud Collins, Loch David Crane, Bob Filner, Nathan Fletcher and Steve Greenwald, left to right.


   The crowd looks on as the mayoral candidates face off during the debate at Politifest.


    VOSD CEO Scott Lewis on stage before the mayoral debate.


    Mayoral candidate Hud Collins looks out onto the crowd during the debate.


   Congressman Bob Filner, a mayoral candidate, mingles with the crowd after the debate.


    Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, a mayoral candidate, talks with a member of the crowd after the debate.


   More than 80 local groups had booths at Politifest.


    Idea Tournament contestant Alan Hoffman looks on as he waits his turn to present.


Eventual Idea Tournament winner Christopher Yanov takes a quiet moment to gather his thoughts before he presents his idea to the panel of judges and crowd.


  The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition presents its idea for periodically closing off roads to car traffic for community use.


Emanuel Singh, 2, and his brother, Ezekiel, 4, show off their Spiderman face paint.


C. Lee Sandvick (right) of The United States Patriots Union shares some information about her organization with Eric Morse, a San Diego resident.


Charles Gailband from the Chula Vista Nature Center shows off a red-tailed hawk.


Idea Tournament judges Cheryl Alethia Phelps, Geoff Patnoe and Michael Robertson huddle with VOSD engagement editor Grant Barrett (second from left) as they make their final decisions about the four finalists.


Onlookers cast their votes for a winner during the Idea Tournament.

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