I'm not in San Diego but I am in Southern Cali and a part of the Southern Cali group, so I feel I can weigh in on this:
If the people in SD want to meet and can find a convenient place to do so, for goodness sakes, let them and don't worry about "meetup" vs "local code4lib." Just ask please Bee et al to keep in touch with the "other" Southern Cali and other Cali groups so that we can have periodic joint events. If there's confusion, San Diego can just call itself Northern Mexico group (just kiddin').
The LA area is so hard to get around that I would much rather have a bunch of little offshoot "local code4libs" that occasionally get together for a larger, longer meeting than to have no one meet at all because it's so damn difficult to get to the place where the meeting is. I don't see the harm in many mini groups.
I'm saying this as someone who commutes 42 miles each way to my job. I don't think anyone else in the US who hasn't lived here can really understand what it means to get around Southern California.
(I cannot believe Giarlo used the "o" word - "organize.")
John Spoor Broome Library
California State University, Channel Islands
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Michael J. Giarlo
Sent: Thursday, May 29, 2014 9:42 AM
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] code4lib in San Diego?
That said, if the SD folks want to go out one night without having to do much planning or coordination -- think "meetup" here rather than "local code4lib meeting" -- they should be be encouraged to do that too.
I would also encourage folks to keep these discussions on-list instead of responding privately, if that's OK with Bee and other interested folks.
It'll be good for the broader community to watch the SD/SoCal crowd self-organize, learn from it, and lend a hand where appropriate!
On Thu, May 29, 2014 at 9:34 AM, Cary Gordon <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> We are trying to reformat the SoCal group to better serve the rest of
> the region, including having longer meetings.
> I have the ability to webcast the meetings, or at least the
> presentations, and we might be able to do that, as well.
> There is strength in numbers, so I hope we can hang together.
> On Thursday, May 29, 2014, Bornheimer, Bee <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > Hi all, I know there is a Southern California meet up group for
> > Code4Lib but am wondering if there are folks on this list in San
> > Diego who would
> > interested in the occasional meet-up? It sounds like the Southern
> > Cal one may be primarily LA area.
> > Feel free to contact me off list.
> > Bee Bornheimer
> > >
> Cary Gordon
> The Cherry Hill Company