1. Who are you people?
We are an informal group of civic-minded folk interested in politics, public policy, religion, and philosophy. We’ve been meeting every week (currently Monday nights) for the last fifteen (!) years to discuss a pre-selected topic. You name it, we’ve debated it: War and peace, health care, criminal justice policies, immigration, Confucianism, existentialism, even gender relations. We are also a Meetup.com and a Facebook group.
2. When and where do you meet?
We meet every Monday except major holidays, at the Panera Café at 5620 Balboa Avenue in San Diego. It’s in the Genesee Plaza shopping center just east of Genesee Avenue and west of the 805 freeway. (Map.) Every meeting is 7pm-9pm.
3. How do I join the CivCon Club?
You don’t “join.” Just show up any Monday and look for us at the Panera. No membership dues or initiation ceremony required.
4. Are you liberal or conservative?
Formally, we’re neither, nor are we affiliated with any partisan political organization. The views expressed depend on who shows up. (Most nights about 10-15 people come.) But, we trend liberal, even though we have several conservative regulars. It also depends on the topic.
5. How are topics selected?
In advance, about three months-worth at a time. The current schedule is on our home page, lower right. Old topics going back to 2007 are uptop, above. A 3-person committee creates a new schedule based on suggestions from anyone who cares to make one. The group’s leader, DavidG, is always on the committee, and the other two positions rotate.
6. How can I suggest a topic?
Talk to DavidG or any other group member, or leave a comment on this website.
7. If I attend, am I expected to talk?
No, of course not. Feel free to just listen if you wish.