Since August, we’ve been teaming up with the San Diego Foundation to work on a special project we’ve dubbed A Virtual Convening.

Now, again, we need your help.

In the first half of this project, we’ve brought you stories about a historical preservationist fighting for historical preservation and housing and business creation in National City, a relentless defender of open space in Golden Hill, the architect of community conversation in San Ysidro, a community organizer cleaning up parks in City Heights, and an important mentor at Morse High School in Skyline.

As we enter 2009, we need more ideas. You all have been a tremendous help in sending in your suggestions for whom or what we should profile. Your direct suggestions have led to a number of these stories.

So now I need more suggestions. E-mail me at with your thoughts.

Here’s how we describe the series on its home page:

In communities all across the county, people are joining together to improve their corner of San Diego. They’re creating housing solutions. They are repairing public spaces. They’re figuring out how to make their communities more livable, more accessible and more prosperous.

The San Diego Foundation is sponsoring the year-long effort by reporters to find and tell the stories of these people. The writers will learn what particular problems the residents faced and how they decided to confront those challenges. What tools did they use? How did they work with governments, businesses and their neighbors to find solutions? And how did they succeed?

This is the essence of the stories: Residents facing a challenge in their neighborhood and overcoming it to create a better place for them and their fellow citizens.

Thank you for your past and future help in putting this series together.


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