Oct. 24 2011 12:00 AM

Carl DeMaio wants you to ask him questions. Sort of.

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Screenshot of Carl DeMaio's virtual townhall

Reminiscent of Burger King's "subservient chicken," mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio now has a "video town hall" on his campaign website. Against the virtual backdrop of a well-appointed office—complete with fireplace and a view of a portion of the downtown San Diego skyline—DeMaio answers a number of pre-fab questions ranging from "Do you work out" to "What is your view on the Chargers stadium?" And, if you take too long to ask a question, you'll get a pitch for his San Diego 311 smartphone app.

Responses range from enlightening (who knew Carl liked zombie flicks?) to predictable (his favorite vacation spot is San Diego) to fact-check worthy: In response to "Do you have any unique talents?" Carl claims he doesn't require a teleprompter to give a speech. But, according to invoices we reviewed, taxpayers footed the bill to rent DeMaio a teleprompter for both his 2009 and 2011 "State of the District" addresses (plus rental cost for a pre-speech rehearsal). We also have some issues with his response to the question "Do you have any pets?"

Calendar

  • Visit one of the 70 participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs in town on this night and 25 to 50 percent of sales will go to local HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. 
  • Anthony Bernal and Chris Ward, who are vying to replace Todd Gloria on the San Diego City Council, will discuss urban issues, such as parking, homelessness and new developments
  • The new exhibition designed by Dave Ghilarducci is made from hundreds of rolls of packing tape and bound together by layers of plastic shrink-wrap. Visitors can navigate their way through cocoon-like passageways...
  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • The San Diego County Bike Coalition hosts this monthly bike-in happy hour event to get biking residents involved in their communities and discuss bike projects planned for that specific community
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • So Say We All's monthly storytelling night features stories about those jobs we took because we had to take a job. Featured readers include Allison Gauss, Annmarie Houghtailing, Cecile Estelle, and more
  • Artists from the all-abstracts group show will talk about their work and techniques. Artists include Edwin Nutting, Danielle Nelisse, Leah Pantea, Lenore Simon, and more
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