SDGLN Weekly Wrap: Dec. 31, 2016 - Jan. 6, 2017

NEWS

Happy New Year! While 2016 already seems like a distant memory, we re-capped the top local news stories of the year here.

2017 brought a host of new laws and regulations to California and San Diego, including a minimum wage hike. San Diego's wage increase is higher than the state's and since Jan. 1, many diners have noticed a surchage tacked on to their bill. A Hillcrest restaurant has been accused of hiding a hefty surcharge.

Other local news: Final Shamu Sea World is this Sunday; Los Angeles gay couple's home vandalized in apparent hate crime; Mission Valley Macy's to close for good; a water main rupture creates large flood in North Park; a lawmaker introduces a bill to create CA registry of hate crime offenders; two aircraft carriers to leave San Diego Thursday; and trash beneath Spruce Street Suspension Bridge on the rise says local resident.

The reported murder of a trans person marks the first in 2017.

Presidential Transition News: As President Obama's term nears completion, he teases his farewell speech with LGBT gratitude; and an organizer says you can effectively protest Inauguration Day from your computer.

Other national news: Students in 'broomstick' abuse case reach a plea deal; Pride flag on screensaver offends coworkers, employee resigns; federal lawsuit filed against NJ Catholic hospital: denied care to transgender man.

CAUSES

Community members need help with 'Cookie' the pup.

Tournament of Roses Parade honors innocent Pulse victims.

ENTERTAINMENT

Jim Winsor's Out & About: SDAFFL annual Hillcrest pub crawl this Saturday.

2016 Craig Noel Award nominees announced.

See the trailer for HBO doc on Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.

A Trump-themed resturant in Iraq has a San Diego tie-in.

A series regular said that 'Will & Grace would make a mini-comeback; Debra Messing says it's just a rumor.

Other entertainment news: Larry Flynt says bad journalism put Trump in office: 'There are more accurate articles in Hustler;' Coachella releases 2017 lineup and passes are now on sale; and Megyn Kelly leaves Fox News, joins NBC.

SOCIAL

San Diego Restaurant Week returns Jan. 15!

'American Idol' star starts San Diego kickball league.

HEALTH, WELLNESS & SPORTS

Grant's post-holiday fitness advice.

UPCOMING FEATURED EVENTS

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? See our list of featured events below, and click HERE for a complete list of events.

SDPIX Presents Top of the Bay at Porto Vista Hotel

Saturday Brunch at Uptown Tavern

SDAFFL Pub Crawl 2017

F-Monday, It's Sunday! at Uptown Tavern

SDGMC Info Party at the University Christian Church

Eric Krop in 'Greater Things' at Martinis Above Fourth

DIVAS at Rich's

Illuminate Glow Party at Urban Mo's

Spencer Day in 'Western Standard Time' at Martinis Above Fourth

Spotlight featuring Brook Lynn Hytes at Gossip Grill

Havana Nights at #1 Fifth Avenue