Posts Tagged ‘community’

San Marcos looking healthy

What’s a healthy community these days? Well, one that’s financially sound and San Marcos has a balanced budget this year despite forecasting a $3 to $4 million decline in annual revenues over the next three years.

It would also have to be one that’s creating a sustainable community. And in San Marcos, the newest fire station to open (the one up on San Elijo Road) is one of only five in the nation to be LEED certified.

The CSUSM library is one of campuss newer buildings and overlooks San Marcos.

The CSUSM library is one of campus's newer buildings and overlooks San Marcos.

I heard these things from Mayor Jim Desmond at his state of the city address which I attended with colleagues from Cal State San Marcos March 10.

A new park was opened this past year and two more are in various stages of creation. New business tenants are opening in a development across from City Hall. (Including Pizza Nova–I have a weakness for their bread.) 

Mayor Desmond shared the credit with his council but gave a big shout-out to his city manager Paul Malone plus the former city manager Rick Gittings. (more…)

San Diego’s Twitter Community: Birds of Paradise

All of the San Diego Metblog writers that I personally know, I met on Twitter. If you didn’t already know this, San Diego has a great, enthusiastic and powerful Twitter community.

Currently, the city is ranked 13th worldwide for its Tweeples’ activity.

The top Twitterers in this region are also some of the top in the world. Twitter Grader refers to them as San Diego’s ‘elite’ Twitterers. @marismith, for instance, is ranked #1 in this region and in the top 100 of all ranked users. 

Naturally, many of the people most active on Twitter are ‘social media mavens,’ so I personally suggest that if you’re looking to keep your Twitterstream fresh, diverse, and relevant, be careful not to jump in by following only the top Twitterers. You’d be missing out on a lot.

Mix it up with great San Diego attractions and venues like @gaslampquarter or news media like @sdut. Or how about both with @sdtips which combines local travel tips, news and a lot more. Or journalists like @dodgemedlin who you can always count on to post topical and timely links.

Follow local Metblog authors like @juliewright (me), @thepegisin, @viss, @morrisato and more. Most of the authors include a link to their Twitter stream on their bios, so go check them out.


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There are personalities to follow here too like @chriscantore who’s a fount of local music knowledge and as entertaining ever. Or @sddialedin if you’re looking for recommendations on the local music scene–in real-time, by the way, which often means 2 a.m. for her. If classic rock is more your bag, you can’t beat @sdradio for his encyclopedic knowledge.

If you’re a morning person and preternaturally perky, you’ll enjoy the good natured posts of @marismith (see link above), @sugarjones, and @lotusamy.

You can stay connected to the city of San Diego via @mayorsanders.

And if you’re interested in San Diego’s culinary community and what’s fresh, follow @carondg, @aliceqfoodie and @pinchmysalt.

I suggest you chase those food posts down with a beer post or two from @stonegreg of Stone Brewing and @beermolly.

If you’re interested in San Diego’s biotech industry, follow @sdbn.  And if you’re interested in the future and health of its fast food industry and leading spokesperson, follow @jackbox (who’s apparently in a coma but you can count on his staff to keep his account updated.)

It really helps to get out and meet your Tweeps in person, and for that, you need to follow @jbruin who organizes San Diego TweetUps like the one this Saturday night. http://www.meetup.com/sdtweetup/ (I wish I could go but I have a ‘thing’… I just love saying that.)

This list is just a start. I’ll try to share more links to local San Diego Tweeps in the future. And I encourage you to share your favorites by commenting below.

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