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Anti-gay candidate seeks seat on MiraCosta Community College board

“Satan is attacking our family by perverting the concept of marriage, which God created to be between one man and one woman only.”

This is not a rant from a fundamentalist church in Alabama; it is from a website launched by Dran Reese, a wealthy Rancho Santa Fe businesswoman who is one of two candidates running for a seat on the MiraCosta Community College Board of Trustees.

It is thought she has a decent shot at getting elected. The incumbent is not running for re-election and she is better funded than her sole challenger.

Million-dollar grant to beef up wi-fi service in Balboa Park

SAN DIEGO, California -- A $1 million grant will be used to double the size of the WiFi network in Balboa Park, making it one of the largest and fastest free public WiFi spots on the West Coast.

In addition, the grant will support a new initiative to use technology – interactive kiosks and smartphone apps -- to enhance the visitor experience at Balboa Park.

Harvey Milk's American Diner "will not reopen," owner says

SAN DIEGO, California -- One of the owners of Harvey Milk's American Diner in Hillcrest announced today that the restaurant will not reopen.

Frank Lechner, one of three owners of the diner, issued this brief statement to San Diego Gay & Lesbian News:

SDGLN Poll: Is Halloween America's gay holiday?

SAN DIEGO, California – Readers of San Diego Gay & Lesbian News who took our poll weigh in on whether they agree with the contention that Halloween is America’s gay holiday.

Our poll question was: Halloween has been called America's gay holiday. Do you agree?

The results, which are not scientific, reveal that 63% of readers don’t consider Halloween to be America’s gay holiday, while 37% do think so.

The new SDGLN Poll question asks readers: Can the Democrats keep control of the U.S. Senate?


City leaders unveil Balboa Park Centennial plans

SAN DIEGO, California -- Plans for the highly anticipated Balboa Park Centennial Celebration appear to be back on track.

After months of controversy and confusion following the disbandment of the Balboa Park Centennial, Inc., a nonprofit previously responsible for planning the yearlong celebration, city leaders gathered in mid-October to outline a plan for the upcoming series of park events and improvements.

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San Diego AIDS/LifeCycle Team bikes to best year ever

SAN DIEGO, California -- Many people in the LGBT community are more than familiar with the San Diego AIDS LifeCycle Team and the ride that is done every year to raise money for AIDS research.

Carin Scheinin and Doug Hobson, Training Ride Leaders, are on the team and have spent many years riding and volunteering their time to make San Diego AIDS LifeCycle what it is today.

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Stonewall Citizen's Patrol adds additional safety to the streets

SAN DIEGO, California -- The Stonewall Citizen’s Patrol is an organization created to watch over the San Diego neighborhoods of Hillcrest, North Park, and University Heights. Those who are a part of the group volunteer their time and receive their training from the San Diego Police Department.

Nestor Lopez, director of recruiting and outreach, points out a few things the organization focuses on.

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Uptown's parking czar explains it all

SAN DIEGO, California -- The Uptown Parking District is trying to keep up with the parking demands in San Diego's urban neighborhoods of Bankers Hill, Hillcrest, Mission Hills and Five Points/International Restaurant Row. Officials are accomplishing that by taking a portion of parking meter revenue and then putting it back into the community.

Hillcrest gets the largest percentage of these funds because parking in this community is the district's biggest challenge.

San Diego: Mandatory water-use restrictions begin Nov. 1

SAN DIEGO, California – The City Council voted Monday to enact a Drought Alert status, the second phase of citywide conservation that calls for mandatory water use restrictions to begin Nov. 1 in response to the severe drought conditions statewide.

“Working together as a community, San Diego has done a tremendous job in the past in responding to the call for water conservation,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said. “For that, we say thank you, and now we must ask for your continued help as we face the uncertainty of future rainfall and water supplies at critical levels.”

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On a main drag in San Diego, Lips turns 15

SAN DIEGO, California -- The neon kiss that lights up historic El Cajon Boulevard at night is a monument to a drag entertainment institution that is 15 years in the making. Lips San Diego has an affectionate presence on the outside and the inside, and that is what makes its history and creation so important.

Lips, which also has locations in New York, Fort Lauderdale and Atlanta, is not only an essential destination for San Diego drag entertainment, but its existence has improved the quality of life in North Park and the lives of the people who work there.

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