Major street project to hit San Diego's historic Old Town

SAN DIEGO, California – Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and City Council President Todd Gloria broke ground on a major overhaul of Juan Street, a key corridor in the heart of the historic Old Town community.

The $8 million project, between Taylor Street and Sunset Road, will utilize the City of San Diego's new approach to infrastructure. The improvements include new sidewalks, curb and gutters, curb ramps, water mains and storm drains as well as replacing the concrete street.

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Man charged in San Diego with willfully spreading HIV

SAN DIEGO, California -- A landscape architect from Central California and known to frequent San Diego is being charged with knowingly infecting a man with HIV. Now, the San Diego City Attorney's Office may be looking into possibly dozens of other victims.

Thomas Guerra, 29, who is also known as Ashton Chavez, is being charged by the City Attorney's Office for willfully exposing himself to another person with the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV. He is expected to appear in court on Thursday.

Transforming Hillcrest: Architect pushes alternative to SANDAG bike plan

There’s a new bike plan in town.

On Aug. 12, Bankers Hill architect Jim Frost unveiled an alternative to the planned Uptown Bike Corridor Project of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).

SDGLN Poll: Readers share their thoughts about football

SAN DIEGO, California – Readers of San Diego Gay & Lesbian News who took our poll share their opinion on football.

Our poll question was: With football season here, what is your opinion of the sport?

The results, which are not scientific, reveal that 63% of readers say that they will find something else to do, 22% watch football games on television, and 15% enjoy going to football games.

The new SDGLN Poll question asks readers: Do age differences matter in relationships?

Valley Center selects trans-woman as honorary mayor

VALLEY CENTER, California -- Two years ago Gina Roberts had to decide whether to leave Valley Center forever — a rural, mostly conservative town in north San Diego County, and her home of 25 years — or stay put.

An active volunteer in her community, Roberts had been involved in the local chapter of Kiwanis International for more than a decade, formed a Boy Scout troop, and won the annual Irish Stew Cook-Off for three years straight.

The problem was, everyone knew her as Rick, not Gina.

Water pipeline project to affect Fifth Avenue, between Robinson and Upas

SAN DIEGO, California -- Residents and businesses along Fifth Avenue in Hillcrest, between Robinson and Upas, will be impacted by the City of San Diego's water pipeline project.

Work could begin as early as Monday or Tuesday on that stretch of Fifth Avenue, according to Humanability.

The work is part of the Upas Street Pipeline Project.

Arrieta Construction expects to begin installing temporary pipelines (known as highlines) for this project, starting next week. Work is expected to conclude by year’s end.

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Nicky Awards announces major honorees at Aug. 24 ceremony

SAN DIEGO, California – The area’s Episcopal Diocese and Bishop James Mathes will be awarded a top honor at this year’s Nicky Awards.

The board of governors voted to give the local Episcopalians the annual Mayor George Moscone Humanitarian Award for the diocese’s embrace of San Diego's large and diverse LGBT community.

“While the prestigious Mayor Moscone Honor has in the past gone to elected officials and civil rights leaders, we are proud that for the first time it will be presented to a Christian Church,” said Allan Spyere, president of the board of governors.

Douglas P. Lathrop dies at 50

(Editor’s note: Douglas P. Lathrop, known by most as Doug, was a well-liked member of San Diego’s LGBT community who died Friday at the age of 50. Lathrop, who lived his life in a wheelchair, was a contributor to New Mobility, which wrote a fitting tribute to his life. We have shared part of the story below, link to New Mobility to read the rest. In addition to the celebration of life scheduled for Saturday that is mentioned in the story, many of Lathrop's friends will host a “Toast To Doug” on Thursday, Aug. 28 at 6 pm to whenever at Urban Mo’s – one of his favorite places.

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Kristin Beck truly is "Lady Valor" and a transgender heroine

SAN DIEGO, California – A former Navy SEAL who spent many years based in San Diego, and who came out as a transgender woman two years after retiring from the military in 2011, is the subject of a compelling documentary, “Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story.”

The CNN documentary has been playing the film festival circuit and will be shown Wednesday night, Aug. 20, at the Landmark Hillcrest Cinemas as part of FilmOut San Diego’s monthly screenings. The documentary will have its television premiere on CNN in September.

San Diego council overrides veto over minimum wage

SAN DIEGO, California -- The San Diego City Council today preserved earned sick leave opportunities for San Diegans and raises for local minimum wage workers when they voted to override Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s veto of the measure.

The vote was 6-2. Today’s vote serves as the final legislative act, and the measure will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015.

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