Last week we asked you to send in suggestions on where to send at least one California Watch reporter for our next Open Newsroom, a quarterly happening when our staffers fan out to Wi-Fi hot spots across the state to meet with readers over a cuppa joe. We were thrilled with your responses, which came in via e-mail, Facebook and Twitter. Suggestions ranged from San Francisco to Fresno, South LA and the Santa Cruz Mountains. 

You spoke, and we listened. We’ve combed through your submissions and selected five towns. Now it’s up to you to vote on your top choice. We’ll announce the winning city next week, and on March 28 a California Watch staffer will be at a coffeehouse there from 9 a.m. till noon.

Ashley Alvarado is the community news editor for California Watch and The Bay Citizen, where she oversees the news-engagement and public engagement staff. She is focused on helping to reach new audiences and engaging communities around CIR, California Watch and Bay Citizen stories. Ashley is also CIR's Public Insight Network analyst. She currently serves as managing editor of Los Cabos Magazine and previously worked at Los Angeles and Tu Ciudad Los Angeles magazines. Ashley is a graduate of the University of Southern California.