For the last several years, San Diego County’s had the reputation of being one of the lowest-performing counties when it comes to getting people enrolled in CalFresh, California’s version of the federal food-stamps program.
If you think of San Diego’s political landscape like an ocean bay, then CityBeat has been sitting atop the cliffs for the last 10 years, chucking stories like stones into the water. We don’t do it just to entertain ourselves; it’s our hope that everyone in their comfy little houseboats moored along the dock will notice the ripple.
Journalists often dream of the big stories that topple governments or result in RICO charges. To us, the little stories that affect just a few people are just as important. Here are 10 small victories:
In the last decade, CityBeat’s food writers have hit up fancy spots, holes-in-the-wall, authentic ethnic eateries and even strip clubs (see below) in the hopes of turning readers on to the best places to eat or (we hope) offering constructive criticism to restaurants that miss the mark.
The San Diego Craft Beer and Cocktail Showcase tripled in size this year, with roughly 1,000 people showing up at El Dorado to sample beer in the bar’s parking lot and, inside, cocktails from Noble Experiment, Lion’s Share and Seven Grand.
In 2009, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) introduced its new regional transit pass, the Compass Card. Since then, rollout hasn’t been so smooth—especially for social-services providers.
In 2010, San Diego County voters selected 12 fine citizens to represent our region in Sacramento. You might well wonder how hard our legislators fought for us, or whether they spent their time fundraising and partying.