This week's top stories include a Hillcrest restaurant accused of hiding a hefty surcharge; a California lawmaker wants to make a hate crime offender registry; weekend fun; and San Diego Restaurant Week is back!
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.
Community members need help with 'Cookie' the pup.
Tournament of Roses Parade honors innocent Pulse victims.
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.
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.
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
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