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San Diego Democrats for Equality celebrate 40 years

The San Diego Democrats for Equality are celebrating 40 years of working within the Democratic Party and greater community to further progressive values and candidates — and they’re ready to celebrate!

The club will host a 40th Anniversary Brunch on Sunday, Nov. 7, featuring former Assembly Speaker John Perez with current and past club members, and the general community is also invited.

'Parklets' may soon be constructed in your San Diego neighboorhood

A new feature may be popping up in a neighborhood near you very soon. Yesterday Councilmember Todd Gloria announced that due to a new set of rules which have been reviewed by the City Council Smart Growth and Land Use Committee, parklets are closer to getting the go-ahead.

A “parklet” is a public space that utilizes a dedicated public right-of-way. These areas include parking spaces and unused bus stops. The tiny getaways are decorated with tables, chairs and umbrellas. Trees, plants and flowers are highly encouraged as part of the micro-landscape.

Councilmember Todd Gloria to address Hillcrest Town Council

SAN DIEGO, California -- The Hillcrest Town Council's (HTC) next community meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 12 at 6:30 pm, with a presentation by San Diego City Councilmember Todd Gloria.

The meeting will begin with updates from community and elected official representatives, followed by time for attendees to share concerns in the public comment section of the meeting.

The remainder of the meeting will be devoted to hearing from Councilmember Gloria, who will share information about what is new in District 3 and give meeting attendees an opportunity to ask questions.

North Park community cleanup scheduled for April 18

SAN DIEGO, California -- A coalition of community organizations and District 3 Councilmember Todd Gloria will host the North Park Spring Community Cleanup on Saturday, April 18 from 8-11 am.

Volunteers are needed to help with the effort, which seeks to make North Park a cleaner place by removing litter and graffiti from the neighborhood.

Participating organizations include North Park Main Street, Urban Corps of San Diego County, the North Park Planning Committee, the North Park Community Association and the San Diego Police Department.

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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.

Stonewall Citizens' Patrol to celebrate 8 years tonight

SAN DIEGO, California -- The Stonewall Citizens' Patrol will host "Keep Our Wheels Turning" this evening from 6-9 pm to celebration the organization's 8 years of service to the community. The event will be held at Gossip Grill.

An awards ceremony will be held, starting at 7:15 pm, to honor community members who have supported the organization of the years, including Nicole Murray-Ramirez, Bob Lehman, Tom Felkner, Dr. Delores Jacobs, Chris Shaw, Stephen Whitburn, Aaron Heier and Nicholas Moede.

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Jim Winsor’s Out & About: And away they go! Out at the Races at Del Mar is Friday

Saddle up boys and girls, it’s time once again for Out at the Races, the annual LGBT day at the Del Mar Racetrack.

Technically, this would be the third annual event, but this year we will be an “official” event there for the very first time.

Additional parking now available in Hillcrest

SAN DIEGO, California -- To address parking issues in Hillcrest and Mission Hills, 35 new parking spaces were unveiled Thursday on the corner of Washington and Front streets.

The lot of new spaces is at the site of the future Hillcrest-Mission Hills Library. San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria worked with city staffers and community members to allocate the site for the new parking spaces until construction on the new library begins, likely in spring 2016.

The parking spaces were unveiled in a ribbon-cutting on Thursday morning.

North Park residents asked to look out for each other after recent attacks

SAN DIEGO, California -- Residents of San Diego's neighborhoods of eastern North Park, western City Heights and southern Normal Heights are being asked by police and city officials to "Be Safe. Be Vigilant. Be a Good Neighbor" after a rash of late-night attacks on women.

At least five women have been attacked, and three of those crimes have occurred on Lincoln Street just west of 30th Street in North Park, a trendy neighborhood that has received national attention for its "hip" nightlife and restaurant scene.

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.