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Mayor's first city budget focuses on neighborhood services, public safety

SAN DIEGO – Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer released his first “One San Diego” City budget proposal today, outlining a plan to direct more money toward streets, neighborhood services and public safety.

The City of San Diego Fiscal Year 2015 proposed budget puts neighborhoods first by prioritizing infrastructure repair and construction; funding critical police, fire and lifeguard needs; increasing funding for libraries, recreation centers and a new afterschool program; supporting homeless services; and enhancing transparency and open data initiatives.

SDGLN Poll: Are you going to San Diego Pride's Out at the Park?

SAN DIEGO – Readers of San Diego Gay & Lesbian News who took our poll weigh in other whether they will attend San Diego Pride’s Out at the Park outing to see the San Diego Padres play at Petco Park.

Our poll question was: Will you attend San Diego Pride's Out at the Park on April 19?

The results, which are not scientific, reveal that 59% of readers say that they will not attend the screening, while 41% say that they will.

And since the poll question was published, San Diego Pride has announced that all tickets have been sold to the event.

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First look at #FilmOutSD 16th LGBT Film Festival

SAN DIEGO – “Boy Meets Girl,” a quirky and sweet coming-of-age romantic comedy, will be the Opening Night selection for FilmOut San Diego’s 16th annual LGBT Film Festival.

The slimmed-down 2014 festival will run from Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 1 at the historic North Park Theatre in San Diego’s hip North Park neighborhood.

A total of 25 films will be screened during the festival, which has been shortened to three days in 2014 from five days in 2013 for the big blowout celebration of FilmOut’s milestone 15th anniversary.

Transgender star Laverne Cox to speak at San Diego Pride rally

SAN DIEGO -- "Orange Is The New Black" star and renowned transgender advocate Laverne Cox is coming to San Diego to be the keynote speaker for San Diego Pride’s annual Spirit of Stonewall Rally and flag-raising this summer.

The rally will be held Friday, July 18 at 6 pm adjacent to the Hillcrest Pride Flag at the corner of University Avenue and Normal Street. The Spirit of Stonewall Rally and flag-raising will serve as the official kickoff of this year’s 40th anniversary San Diego LGBT Pride Weekend.

USD drag show goes on tonight despite Vatican appeal

SAN DIEGO — The drag show will go on at the University of San Diego on Thursday despite an ongoing effort to ban the event — a petition that’s been taken all the way to the Vatican.

The third annual show, billed as “a celebration of gender expression,” will showcase students dressed in costume as the opposite sex lip-syncing to music. The event will also feature a brief academic talk on the history of cross-dressing and information booths from a few student organizations.

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LGBT ally Kathy Najimy to speak locally about domestic violence

SAN DIEGO -- Award-winning actress/comedienne Kathy Najimy, best known for her hilarious work in the “Sister Act” movies and NBC’s “Veronica’s Closet,” will be the keynote speaker at the Center for Community Solutions (CCS) “Tea & Tonic” fundraiser on April 23.

The event will take place at The Grand Del Mar Resort, with high tea being offered from 1 to 4 pm and a tea after-party from 4 to 7 pm.

April has been declared Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and so the CCS event will focus on domestic violence.

San Diego mayor previews boost in infrastructure spending in next budget

SAN DIEGO – Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer today announced the proposed budget he'll release next week will fulfill his campaign pledge to dedicate at least 50% of the City's new major general fund revenue growth toward infrastructure and road repairs.

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Community Profile: Women's chorus president giddy about Indigo Girls collaboration

SAN DIEGO -- Carin Scheinin, the president of the San Diego Women’s Chorus (SDWC), isn’t joking when she says the group has a BIG show coming up.

The SDWC will perform alongside the Indigo Girls next month in the "Songs of Protest, Songs of Peace" concert, and they plan to raise money for a great cause: the Lesbian Health Initiative Fund of the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation.

Edward Harris appointed to vacant San Diego City Council seat

SAN DIEGO – The City Council today appointed Edward "Ed" Harris to serve as the representative for Council District Two, finishing the term of Kevin L. Faulconer, who was elected Mayor.

Harris was sworn in immediately and will participate in City Council meetings starting tomorrow.

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