North Park debates walking vs. parking

Is walkability a good thing for North Park? Should the community be more accommodating of buses and bicycles? Is parking more important than safer accessibility for pedestrians and bicyclists? What’s good for local businesses?

These questions and more were debated June 24 during a public forum hosted by the North Park Community Association at the Lafayette Hotel on El Cajon Boulevard. About 50 people heard a panel of experts talk about the issues and participated in a question-and-answer session.

Pride Block Party offers bottle service and private cabanas

The Pride of Hillcrest Block Party! is the official kick-off celebration for this year’s immense celebration for LGBT pride. The party starts on Friday, July 17 at 6 pm.

With food trucks, go-go dancers, carnival rides and live performances, this year’s celebration is most likely going to make history. Pride officials already project record breaking crowds.

In order to personalize your experience, the Pride Block party is offering bottle service and private cabanas.

Comic-Con International signs contract to stay in San Diego

Comic-Con International says they are staying in San Diego through 2018. Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer’s office was the primary reason for the decision.

They worked tirelessly with Comic-Con International (CCI), San Diego Tourism Authority, San Diego Convention Center and local hotels to ensure the popular assemblage of everything pop culture didn’t move from America’s Finest City.

With over 100,000 visitors each year, the event, which doesn’t just showcase comic books anymore, must host visitors from all over the world.

Lyft, Uber OK for airport pickups

After months of negotiations, rideshare companies Lyft and Uber will soon start a pilot program for pickups at San Diego International Airport, giving visitors new, potentially cheaper alternatives in ground transportation.

Uber's and Lyft's entry at the airport comes after board members, who convened Wednesday for a special session, passed a motion to remove regulatory roadblocks for the major rideshare companies, also known as transportation network companies (TNCs).

Complete Guide to San Diego Fireworks on July 4

With its military history, and miles of safe, open water, there may be no better place to view fireworks on July 4, 2015, than San Diego.

Here is Times of San Diego’s complete guide to San Diego fireworks displays, from Imperial Beach to Oceanside, and from La Jolla to El Cajon.

And if you can’t wait until July 4, check out Oceanside’s early bird show on Thursday, July 3.

For the complete guide click HERE

San Diego Humane Society reaches 'Zero'

San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition shelters (SDAWC), has been waiting three years to finally say, “We’ve reached Zero!” On Wednesday, July 1, they finally made that claim.

The SDAWC is comprised of seven local animal shelters, and together with community support from people like you, they can proudly say there will be no more euthanasia of healthy or treatable animals in their shelters.

All seven of the coalition’s facilities will share resources across the county to protect the more than 45,000 animals that have been abandoned, lost or victimized each year.

San Diego Border Patrol holds first LGBT pride heritage event in Chula Vista

San Diego is brimming with pride this week. Not only was there a history making pride parade at the Navy Air Station, but the Border Patrol, San Diego Sector, held an LGBT heritage event at their regional headquarters in Chula Vista on Tuesday.

The event hosted a standing-room only crowd of over 100 people. Attendees were treated to a few very important speakers.

The first, Laura Duffy, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern California District, who is also the first LGBT official confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and
second, Fernando Lopez, Director of Operations at San Diego Pride.

Dr. Al Best is remembered for his work and commitment to the LGBT community

As the Supreme Court issued its marriage equality ruling on Friday, many people reflected on the individuals and activists who fought to make that historic decision possible.

The Hillcrest Pride Flag was decorated in flowers to remember one of those people, Dr. Al Best, a San Diego activist who committed his life to pioneering the advancement of LGBT issues, HIV/AIDS awareness and community encouragement.

Taste of Adams Avenue is Sunday, June 28

San Diego brings its unique flavor to Adams Avenue this weekend. “Taste of Adams” will take place Sunday, June 28 from 11 am to 3 pm.

This culinary showcase will take place along Adams Avenue from University Heights to Kensington.

Thirty restaurants, coffee houses and eateries will take part in the lengthy neighborhood buffet.

Taste of Adams Avenue tickets are $35 in advance and $40 the day of the event. You can get advanced tickets HERE

Hillcrest toasts the SCOTUS ruling with a weekend of Pre-Pride fun!

SAN DIEGO - Not everybody was prepared for the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality today. SDGLN called hot spots around Hillcrest to see if there were any special things going on tonight to celebrate the momentous occasion.

It seems to be business-as-usual around the neighborhood despite the overwhelming energy that is sure to infiltrate the district this historic Friday night.