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UPDATE: City Council panel votes to add gender identity and gender expression to policy

(Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect Wednesday morning's vote.)

SAN DIEGO, California – A City Council panel on Wednesday morning voted to amend the City of San Diego’s policies and practices to add gender identity and gender expression as types of unlawful discrimination.

City Councilmember Todd Gloria asked the Budget and Government Efficiency Committee to consider amending the City of San Diego’s Nondiscrimination in Contracting Ordinance.

San Diego City Council votes to increase minimum wage

SAN DIEGO, California -- On a strict party-line vote, the San Diego City Council has voted to raise the local minimum wage -- possibly setting up another fight with the business establishment.

The six Democrats on the council voted in favor, the three Republicans against.

The measure was opposed by Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer, the Chamber of Commerce, and the editorial page of the U-T San Diego newspaper.

Prevailing wage ordinance approved for San Diego

SAN DIEGO – Interim Mayor Todd Gloria announced Tuesday that the City of San Diego will require prevailing wage be paid for all City public works projects starting Jan. 1, 2014. The City Council approved the prevailing wage ordinance at its meeting by a vote of 5-4.

The council's Democrats -- Gloria, David Alvarez, Myrtle Cole, Marti Emerald and Sherri Lightner -- voted in favor.

“The City of San Diego supports a strong middle class, and I am proud of the City Council’s action to approve the prevailing wage ordinance,” Gloria said.

Council President issues memo on how to deal with sexual harassment

SAN DIEGO – City Council President Todd Gloria today distributed a memo to maximize employee safety and productivity in light of allegations of sexual harassment by Mayor Bob Filner.

“While the case against Bob Filner’s ability to carry out his mayoral responsibility builds, I believe it’s critical to support our City employees and provide service to San Diegans,” Gloria said.

The memo, sent to Interim Chief Operating Officer Walt Ekard, focused on City employees. In the memo, the Council President:

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SDGLN's ultimate guide to 2013 San Diego Pride | VIDEOS

SAN DIEGO -- A special feeling and energy is in the air as San Diego LGBT Pride Week is here! With the historic marriage-equality rulings issued by the U.S. Supreme Court late last month, many community members are even more excited about this year's celebration, which is appropriately themed "Freedom to Love and Marry."

While the official San Diego LGBT Pride events take place July 12-14, other events will take place throughout this week leading up to the big weekend.

Council President Todd Gloria touts "100 Days of Progress"

SAN DIEGO – Council President Todd Gloria today released his 100 Days of Progress (attached), a five-page document highlighting some of the successes of the first 100 days of his second term as the Councilmember for District Three and as the Council President.

He also mentions several works in progress that he expects to move forward in 2013.

Gloria emphasized efforts on which he is working with of each of his council colleagues and the mayor, which include homelessness, public safety support, water supply diversification and infrastructure investment.

Voice of San Diego: At City Hall, Hurricane Filner blows in | VIDEO

SAN DIEGO -- San Diego City Council meetings aren't known for being genteel, but Tuesday's was more antagonistic than usual. Sure, Mayor Bob Filner and Todd Gloria, the council president, may be on the same side politically. But they got up in each other's grills in a snit that sent tongues a-wagging.

Todd Gloria elected San Diego City Council president

SAN DIEGO -- Councilmember Todd Gloria today was unanimously elected president of the San Diego City Council, as the city celebrated the inauguration of Mayor Bob Filner.

Gloria, who is openly gay, represents District 3 that includes the LGBT-dominated areas of Hillcrest and North Park. The redrawing of council districts also means that Gloria represents Downtown.

San Diego City Council declares July LGBT Pride Month

SAN DIEGO -- The City Council Tuesday declared July as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month in the city of San Diego.

A proclamation, presented by councilmen Carl DeMaio and Todd Gloria, calls San Diego a "trailblazing city" led by Mayor Jerry Sanders, who frequently speaks out on behalf of marriage equality.

Gloria said the council unanimously supported the change of the name of a Hillcrest roadway to Harvey Milk Street and a 65-foot pole in the center of the city's LGBT community that will fly a rainbow flag.

LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY: Todd Gloria explains his vote on Balboa Park changes

Friends,

[Monday night], the City Council approved plans to restore pedestrian-only access through the heart of Balboa Park.

There is no place that ignites the passions of San Diegans like Balboa Park, and the plans to remove cars from the park stirred controversy to new levels. I am grateful that our City is home to a place of such importance – historically, civically, and personally. The vote I cast to approve the Plaza de Panama project reflects my respect and appreciation for what is known as the jewel of our City.