Mayoral candidates: Do the right thingBottom Highlights, Conversations with Nicole Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
Commentary: Conversations with Nicole
Last week I had a great lunch with Gay San Diego publisher David Mannis and his editor, handsome Anthony King. Welcome to San Diego, Anthony.
The Center welcomes the Filipino community
Many times, our LGBT Community Center hosts other community events. This past Saturday the Philippine American Society for Arts & Culture held its installation of officers and more than 200 movers and shakers of The Asian Pacific Islander community were in attendance at the dinner (sponsored by Barona Casino). The event also presented some outstanding Filipino singers and dance troupes. District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis installed the society officers and Congressman Bob Filner addressed the crowd. School Boardmember Kevin Beiser was warmly welcomed by the crowd and the goal of this organization is to build their own Filipino community center. Popular Councilman Todd Gloria, who is part Filipino, was given the only award presented at the event, “Outstanding Citizen of the Year.”
I wish to thank P.A.S.A.C founder/president, City Commissioner Shonnee Henry for the honor of emceeing this event along with Michael Zarbo. The Filipino community is the second largest people of color community in San Diego County.
An open letter to Dumanis, Filner and Fletcher
I have attended Dumanis’ and Fletcher’s campaign kick-offs and some of Filner’s events. What do Bonnie Dumanis, Bob Filner and Nathan Fletcher and their supporters have in common? The one major thing is that they all do not want Carl DeMaio to be our next mayor – period. Nathan Fletcher has labeled Carl DeMaio as, “the most divisive figure at City Hall” and called DeMaio, “a hypocrite.” Mayor Jerry Sanders, who has endorsed Bonnie Dumanis, recently said that if there was a fire at City Hall the first thing that should happen is, “to throw Carl DeMaio out the window.” Not one of DeMaio’s fellow councilmembers have endorsed him, and word is none will. Council president pro-temp, Kevin Faulconer, has endorsed Dumanis. Recent polls have changed many times for Dumanis, Filner and Fletcher and while June is about five months away I share the opinion that before the primary one of these three candidates should drop out. The one candidate that consistently polls 4th at least two months before the election. Bonnie, Bob and Nathan – you are all good solid candidates that would make good mayors, but do you want to be responsible for the election of one of the most divisive, mean-spirited “bullys” (as Donna Frye has called him) becoming our next mayor? When the time comes, I ask you to do the right thing, the best thing for our city … drop out.
San Diego Pride fulfills its promise
With the establishment of its “Community Advisory Board” San Diego LGBT Pride has done a remarkable and outstanding job of fulfilling all its commitments and promises to our community and the board of directors should be commended. I attended last week’s community forum and was impressed with the board and executive director and their continuing outreach to the community and accepting input and listening to the many diverse voices of our community.
State dinner sold out! Coronation tickets going
The Imperial Court de San Diego’s upcoming 40th anniversary events are being well received with Friday night’s (Feb. 10), Imperial State Dinner being sold out. Saturday night’s 40th Coronation, “A Military Ball”, tickets are going fast. After 40 years of raising funds for almost every organization in town, it is only right that for one night these organizations attend this important milestone that few GLBT organizations achieve. The entire community is invited to attend Coronation XL which will include dinner, unbelievable pageantry and outstanding entertainment.
People, politics and opinions
A major GLBT fundraiser will be held at Eden Nightclub for mayoral candidate Bonnie Dumanis Feb. 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Among the hosts are Lisa Sanders, Bob Nelson, Bill Beck, Kevin Tilden and a long list of GLBT leaders and business people. Did you know congressional candidate Scott Peters is on the board of directors of the LGBT Center? Meanwhile veteran hero and national gay spokesperson Joseph Rocha has endorsed Lori Saldana. Word is that popular foreman supervisor Bevan Duffy will soon be named to a very high position in San Francisco Mayor Lee’s administration. Ben Gomez has been named the chair of the GLBT Veterans Wall of Honor (at The Center) Task Force. Andrew Poat is quietly but firmly getting important commitments and support to succeed Todd Gloria in the 3rd District in 2016. Nathan Fletcher’s GLBT fundraiser at Bamboo Lounge last week was a big success. Open lesbian Laura Duffy who is the U.S. attorney in San Diego has angered many GLBT community members over her campaign to close down our local pot shops. But who can blame her as so many have taken advantage of what was the true reason for compassionate marijuana usage. I say let’s just put legalized marijuana to another vote by Californians.
President Obama’s gay chairs coming to San Diego
This past Sunday, two co-chairs of President Barack Obama’s National GLBT advisory council flew into San Diego to host a luncheon for seven GLBT activists. Prominent Chicago/Dallas businessmen James Brewster and Bob Satawake gave us a briefing on the president’s administration accomplishments and solid record when it comes to equality. The lunch was arranged by City Commissioner Stampp Corbin (past chair of the President’s Advisory Board) and included Port Commissioner Bob Nelson, Dr. Delores Jacobs, City Commissioner Dr. Joel Trambley, Maureen Steiner, Camille Davidson, and myself. I found the meeting to be most informative and I brought up our national campaign to get the U.S. Postage Department to issue a stamp in honor of Harvey Milk.
Pajama Party at Snooze, Feb. 3
You’re all invited to attend one of the most fun and festive events of the New Year, a Pajama Party! All of this is a fundraiser for the Lambda Archives. (Let’s preserve our GLBT history). This Friday’s (Feb. 3) night’s event from 6 to 9 p.m. will be held at Snooze (3940 5th Ave.) and will include food, contests, prizes and lots of fun. Dress comfortably, pajamas or not, but do wear something! For more info: Lambaarchives.com or 619-260-1522.
Nicole Murray Ramirez has been an award-winning columnist since 1973, and a Latino and gay activist for well over 40 years. He is currently a city commissioner and has served the last five mayors of San Diego. He is also a national board member of the Harvey Milk Foundation and chairman of the International Court Council of the USA, Canada and Mexico. Nicolemrsd@aol.com.
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