Last week, the Senate agreed to final passage of legislation that included the Matthew Shepard hate crime provision, and President Obama is expected to sign it into law. This law will strengthen the ability of federal, state and local law enforcement to investigate and prosecute hate crimes.
Last week, before the City’s Budget and Finance Committee, I presented a timeline for a balanced budget for fiscal year 2011 – including my strong recommendation that the City Council act early in order to reduce the impact these unavoidable budget cuts will have on city services.
Generally, California Law requires an apartment or other rental dwelling to be maintained in a condition fit for occupation. This means that the windows, doors, plumbing, electrical system, waste disposal, floors, stairways, and locks must be in good working condition.
We are part of a wonderful, giving community with a long history of community activism. We have a tradition of looking out for each other. Let’s all step up and do something extra in this difficult time; so we can help others less fortunate than ourselves find a moment of peace, a nutritious meal or a friendly face on a dark day.
It is a pleasure to have this opportunity to participate in the launch of the SDGLN.COM. As an openly gay man and as the representative for the Third District of the San Diego City Council, I understand the critical importance of comprehensive sources of news, culture and entertainment for our community and the greater region.