We at voiceofsandiego.org strive to make sense of the decisions our local elected officials are making and the implications for our community. We highlight the madness, give it context, and give you a voice in the contest.

Our mission to inform residents of local quality of life issues keeps us running plenty. We are always willing to go one-on-one, aiming for the ultimate win: a better San Diego.

Unlike the well-funded basketball teams with celebrity coaches, we have to ask for your donations to fuel the VOSD team. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

Please be a part of the team. Direct your dollars to fund the play that grabs your attention. A $35 donation counts as a point for your team.


“New in 2011, we’ve created The Deep Dive Fund. There’s a special kind of investigative reporting that takes a lot of time, resources and guts: the deep dive investigation. And I’m back to lead the new effort. Please help me do the sort of meaningful work that spurs change and reveals wrongdoing. I need resources for my pursuit of public records, the technology to crunch large amounts of data and legal backup needed to ensure bulletproof work.”  — Will Carless


“I spend my days in the dynamic neighborhoods all across San Diego. My goal: Understand how our leaders’ decisions impact real people,how our neighbors confront challenge and how San Diegans, rich or poor or in between, just get by. Looking forward, I want to track how City Hall’s problems play out on San Diego’s streets, study the new Census numbers to see how we’re changing and monitor our neighborhoods’ core quality of life issues like health and transportation.”  — Adrian Florido


“Pictures can inspire action more than words and the same power can apply to informative graphics. The new Data Drive blog explains San Diego’s biggest issues through illustration and help ignite public dialogue around hard facts. Looking forward, I hope to make my graphics more interactive and address a broader array of subjects, helping you discover and understand neighborhood trends. It’s an exciting and growing endeavor, and we’re thankful for all the wonderful support so far.”  — Keegan Kyle


“I look forward to continuing to examine big-picture environmental stories, such as the constraints on our water supply and the wide-reaching effects that has on local policy, the environment and households’ pocketbooks. I’ll continue doing investigations like last year’s stories that derailed an illegal plan to outsource work at the county pension fund.”  — Rob Davis


Of course, you can choose general support for VOSD or to support another area that we aren’t highlighting this time. We know many of you love education, local politics, and the arts; we welcome your support to those areas and will count those as bonus points.


We will be tallying the results and highlighting your directives on the VOSD home page. The fact is, we depend on your support.

Please donate today. We need 200 points to win this game. Give us a jump-start with a donation now. As always, your input and feedback is always welcome. Thank you for your support of Team VOSD.

If you prefer, you can also indicate your choice by sending your donations in postal mail. Just include a note or write it in the “memo” field when you send it to:


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Thank you!



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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