• Member Coffee

Voice of San Diego hosts events throughout the year, including member coffees, happy hours with journalists, debates, our annual Politifest summit and donor recognition galas.

Voice of San Diego members receive free or discounted admission to our events. Nonmembers may purchase tickets to most of our events; in some cases, a ticket will include VOSD membership.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Vu at jennifer.vu@voiceofsandiego.org

Upcoming Events

Children at an after-school program in Chula Vista on Nov. 29, 2022. / File photo by Ariana Drehsler

Schools Guide Workshops | San Diego, CA
Join us for a free workshop to learn more about Voice’s publication, A Parent’s Guide to San Diego School.

Dates in August to September | LEARN MORE

Brews and News

Brews & News: Live Podcast | Original 40 Brewing
Enjoy some beers & bites with us while watching a live podcast recording of weekly roundup of local news.

September 6th, 2023 | LEARN MORE

Politifest 2023 | University of San Diego
Voice & CalMatters partner for our annual summit. This year’s theme: The Housing & Water Crisis.

October 6th & 7th, 2023 | LEARN MORE

Member Coffee | TBA
Voice & CalMatters partner for our annual summit. This year’s theme: The Housing & Water Crisis.

November 15th, 2023 | Coming soon…

Past Events

Member Coffee | The Hive at Leichtag Commons
Scott Lewis and reporter Tigist Layne led a discussion with members about issues specifically affecting North County San Diego. Afterwards, members enjoyed a tour of the Coastal Roots farm.

Live VOSD Podcast
Our team joins special guests, Marcus Bush and Ricardo Campos for a live podcast recording at Whistlestop Bar in South Park. You can listen to the recording here.

Parent’s Guide Information Sessions
Free information sessions about the Parent’s Guide to San Diego Schools. Our experts answered questions about choosing a school and San Diego the education system in locations across the region.

Member Coffee | Diversionary Theater
We debriefed the outcomes and spoke with the editors about what the November 2022 election meant for San Diego moving forward.

Mayor Todd Gloria and Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors Nathan Fletcher discuss homelessness at a Politifest panel, moderated by Voice of San Diego reporter Lisa Halverstadt on October 8, 2022.

Politifest 2022
Politifest 2022 featured live podcasts with mayoral candidates from South Bay — plus a full day of debates, panels and discussions on the region’s most pressing issues. Learn more.

Live Podcast | Novo Brazil Brewing
A live podcast in Chula Vista where we broke down the results of the June election and discussed South Bay politics with special guests.

Member Coffee | Cafe X
Our first in-person member coffee of the year. Managing editors Andrew Keatts and Andrea Lopez-Villafaña hosted a conversation about the upcoming election and what we’re covering in county news.

One River, Two Countries: Solving the Tijuana River Problem

One River, Two Countries: Solving the Tijuana River Pollution Problem

July 7, 2021

VOSD environment reporter MacKenzie Elmer and Tijuanapress.com editor Vicente Calderón discussed with experts from both sides of the border what we know so far about the issue and what can be done. Watch the Tijuana River event here.

Discussion of the 2022 San Diego city budget

Unpacking the San Diego City Budget

April 21, 2021

During a live event member event, Voice of San Diego reporter Lisa Halverstadt and guests discussed the city of San Diego’s 2022 budget and examined challenges facing the city. Watch the full discussion here.

A Debate on the Future of the 79th Assembly District

A Debate on the Future of the 79th Assembly District

Feb. 24, 2021 on YouTube

A discussion centered on education and criminal justice in the district with the five candidates running in a special election. Watch it here.

Town Hall: Mayoral Candidates Address the Future of Balboa Park

Town Hall: Mayoral Candidates Address the Future of Balboa Park

Oct. 9, 2020 on YouTube

Hosted by VOSD CEO and editor in chief Scott Lewis, this town hall was dedicated to the future of Balboa Park, and the mayoral candidates’ visions for a city gem. Watch it here.

VOSD members happy hour, april 28, 2020 at 5:30pm

Virtual Happy Hour

April 28, 2020 on Zoom

VOSD staff met our members online to discuss our pivot amid the coronavirus, the biggest stories we were covering and some silver linings worth considering.

VOSD loves itself event at museum of photographic arts

15 Year of VOSD: Still Smarter Than Everyone

February 27, 2020 at the Museum of Photographic Arts

CEO and editor in chief Scott Lewis put on a show to thank VOSD supporters for helping us get to 15 years. The event included special guest, Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, and current and past VOSD staff.

Member Coffee

February 4, 2020 at Mintz Levin

CEO and editor in chief Scott Lewis moderated a conversation with reporters Maya Srikrishnan, Jesse Marx and Kayla Jimenez about the upcoming March elections and ballot measures.

Brews and News at Whistle Stop Bar

Brews and News

March 20, 2019 at Whistle Stop Bar

Hasan Ikhrata of SANDAG and Nicole Capretz of the Climate Action Campaign joined a live podcast talk about the future of San Diego transit.

Voice is Right Member Event at Museum of Photographic Arts

The Voice is Right

February 7, 2019 at the Museum of Photographic Arts

A fun, game-themed evening with major donors and VOSD founders.

member coffee at the San Diego Foundation

Member Coffee

January 16, 2019 at the San Diego Foundation

A lively discussion of the news, featuring the State of the City and major SANDAG developments.

brews and news at iron fist brewery

Brews and News

November 14, 2018 at Iron Fist Brewery

Councilman David Alvarez and Council President Georgette Gomez share post-election insights.

member coffee at whistle stop bar

Member Coffee

January 18, 2018 at the Oasis La Mesa

This east county member event featured an open discussion about the 2018 election.

brews and news at whistle stop bar

Brews and News

January 18, 2018 at the Whistle Stop Bar

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez and Mark Cafferty, CEO of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, joined a live podcast recording to discuss a wide range of news topics to a full house.

member coffee

Member Coffee

May 9, 2018 at the La Jolla Library

Voice reporter Ashly McGlone shared insights in to her investigation of sexual misconduct in public schools.

Brews and News at Mike Hess brewing

Brews and News

March 21, 2018 at Mike Hess Brewery

Voice staff and members mingled over craft beers in North Park.

VOSD loves itself event at museum of photographic arts

VOSD Loves Itself (and You!)

February 22, 2018 at the Museum of Photographic Arts

Mayor Kevin Faulconer delivered a roast of VOSD at this donor recognition event.