Two heavy hitters swing into San Diego comes springtime. Look for Bill Clinton in March, the big draw at a United Jewish Federation event.

This is normally a men-only get together. But all are welcome at $150 a seat, theater style. This is quite a departure from the clubby sit-down dinner affair that the men are used to. Now it will be a separate buffet, and then the speech will be delivered to an audience lined up in chairs. Goodbye tradition.

Barack Obama precedes the former president by about a month. It’s a three-tier event including a sit down dinner or a cocktail party or a meet and greet, depending on how much you are willing to shell out. The organizers expect the three venues to be filled to capacity and will honor the first-come, first-served rule. Republicans are welcome.

So — the presidential campaigns begin in San Diego. Now, if the California primaries are moved from June to next February, maybe San Diego’s choice will have some heft.

GLORIA PENNER

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