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Whistleblowers: CEO spins elaborate tales to lure investors to San Diego startup company

SAN DIEGO, California — A San Diego CEO is coming under fire for claiming that prominent billionaires Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett and Carlos Slim would be making huge investments in his high-tech startup — tales that a small group of investors say were spun to lure them into writing big checks.

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Transgender woman denied restroom access in Balboa Park?

SAN DIEGO, California -- A transgender woman tells 10NEWS that a maintenance worker prevented her from entering the women's restroom at the House of Hospitality in Balboa Park.

The incident happened Friday night while Giselle de la Rosa was having coffee with a friend at The Prado restaurant.

She said she was left stressed and angry after the maintenance worker confronted her outside the women's restroom.

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San Diego City Council approves North Park senior housing project

SAN DIEGO, California -- The San Diego City Council on Monday afternoon voted unanimously to approve a 194-unit high-density development in North Park that will be LGBT friendly.

Councilwoman Marti Emerald was absent from the meeting.

The Arizona Street Development project by Community HousingWorks (CHW) comprises two sets of mid-rise buildings on either side of Texas Street that front Howard Avenue.

SDGLN Poll: Readers predict how the Supreme Court will rule on gay marriage

SAN DIEGO, California – Readers of San Diego Gay & Lesbian News who took our poll last week share their opinion on how the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on gay marriage.

Our poll question was: What will the Supreme Court decide the Fourteenth Amendment says?

The results, which are not scientific, reveal that 73% of readers say that the high court will rule that states are required to license same-sex marriages, 16% say that states will be only required to recognize out-of-state gay marriages, and 11% say that states will not be required to do either option.

SDSU police boosts transgender training

SAN DIEGO, California -- Last week the San Diego State Police Department underwent sensitivity training to better understand the transgender community.

The training, “Getting to Know our Trans Community,” was conducted by two undergraduates through the SDSU Pride Center.

Topics covered included archetypes and variations, inappropriate language, cultural sensitivity, and the relationship between the gender community and police, which Tiana Vargas, an undergraduate trainer, described as historically “tense.”

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North Park Theatre renamed Observatory North Park

SAN DIEGO, California -- With little fanfare, the new owners of the North Park Theatre have renamed the entertainment complex the Observatory North Park.

The name and a new logo appeared on the theater's new website, observatorynp.com.

The owners, operating under the fictitious business name of SD Observatory LLC, chose the new name to reflect their businesses in Santa Ana in Orange County: The Observatory and The Constellation Room.

The popular West Coast Tavern bar and restaurant was included in the sale.

Jack in the Box and city head to court over ambitious North Park remodel

SAN DIEGO, California -- On Friday, Jan. 23, a Superior Court judge will decide whether a lawsuit filed by a group of North Park residents over the renovation of a Jack in the Box restaurant should go to trial.

Last year, the City of San Diego and Jack in the Box executives filed a motion for summary judgment in hopes of preventing a case over what residents believe was an illegal renovation of a drive-thru at the North Park Jack in the Box.

San Diego City Council to discuss lawsuit over Todd Gloria emails

SAN DIEGO, California -- On Tuesday, the City Council will consider settling a lawsuit over emails and text messages about city business that Councilmember Todd Gloria sent to staff through a private account.

San Diegans for Open Government is accusing the council and City Attorney Jan Goldsmith of violating California's Public Records Act by withholding the messages.

Attorney Corey Briggs is offering to drop the suit and put a cap on attorney fees if Gloria and Goldsmith admit they mishandled the records request.

Gloria has since released more than 1,600 emails.

SDGLN Poll: Is Leelah Alcorn the Matthew Shepard of the transgender movement?

SAN DIEGO, California – A majority of readers of San Diego Gay & Lesbian News who took our poll last week think that Leelah Alcorn, who died three days after Christmas in Ohio, has become the Matthew Shepard of the transgender movement

Observing MLK Day

SAN DIEGO, California -- The staff members of Hale Media -- San Diego Gay & Lesbian News and SD PIX magazine -- are observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday in honor of the civil rights leader.

We will be publishing a limited number of stories today on our news website SDGLN.

Thank you for supporting us and making SDGLN the most-read LGBT news source in San Diego.