Kevin Faulconer is ready to be mayorConversations with the Mayor of Hillcrest, Bottom Highlights Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Commentary: Conversations with the Mayor of Hillcrest
San Diego is the 8th largest city in the nation and there continues to be serious issues facing our city. Now more than ever, we need a qualified man with leadership experience; a moderate that can work with both Democrats and Republicans. Our city cannot afford “on the job training” in leadership and non-partisanship. If you watch the City Council meetings on TV Channel 24 and watch the debates (I strongly urge you to do so this time around), then the choice is very clear: Councilmember Kevin Faulconer is ready to lead our city and is absolutely the most qualified and experienced (past Council vice president) to become our next mayor. Former Mayor Jerry Sanders does carry weight in our community and his strong endorsement of Kevin reminds me how much they are both alike. But Kevin has a younger different generation outlook, and like our interim mayor, Todd Gloria, who he has an outstanding relationship with, will bring people together and not be beholden to the arch-conservative and liberal left wings of our city’s politics.
When it comes to LGBT issues, Faulconer, indeed, has a longer, proven record than his opponent. Kevin opposed Prop. 8; supported the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell; supported a measure requiring our city contractors to provide domestic partners equal benefits. Kevin supported Harvey Milk Street and he strongly supports the passing of ENDA. Do you know, in just the past seven years Kevin Faulconer supported allocating more than $550,000 in funding for our LGBT Center, Mama’s Kitchen and Being Alive? He has committed to bring back the GLBT Advisory Board as well as other community boards to the office of the mayor. Sadly, our last two mayors did not have such boards. Just this year Kevin joined Todd Gloria and gave a financial donation to The Center from his own council savings. He has always been visible and supportive of our events, and just last week he stopped by The Center’s community Thanksgiving Dinner.
Kevin has been a longtime friend of our community and has a wonderful wife and two young children. He is not just a smart man and true public servant, but a really nice guy.
I believe that a Mayor Faulconer with a Council President Gloria will, and can, bring our city’s different political factions, communities and neighborhoods together. Thank you for listening.
People, politics and opinions
AIDS Walk founder, Susan Jester turns 70 this coming Saturday … Happy Birthday to one of our local trailblazers!
Frank Lechner was recently elected chair of the San Diego County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council. He is a Supervisor Ron Roberts appointee and the first openly gay person to be appointed.
The new GLBT Advisory Board to the Sheriff will be getting a special tour of the San Diego County Jail.
I was in Los Angeles this past weekend and met with my longtime friend, the former mayor of West Hollywood, Councilmember Jeffrey Prang, who is now the front runner to become the next assessor of Los Angeles County.
John Duran will be running against Sheila Kuhel for an L.A. County supervisor seat. Yes, two popular GLBT candidates splitting up the votes.
This past Christmas Wreath Auction at Martinis Above Fourth raised more than $25,000 for the Queen Eddie Youth Fund administered by The Center and Imperial Court.
I urge you all to see the movie, The Book Thief. It’s outstanding.
Popular and award winning businessman, David Cohen, and his Verant Group are the talk of North Park as they are the new owners of the North Park Theatre.
I will be presenting a gown and crown of gay icon, War World II veteran and the first openly gay candidate for office in North America, Jose Julio Sarria, to the new National GLBT Museum in Washington, D.C. at a special ceremony in New York.
Rich’s Nick Moede’s music career is really taking off in New York.
A recent Union Tribune commentary about Southern California becoming a new “51st state” caught a lot of attention and personally I support this idea.
The recent holiday blanket/clothing drive held at Urban Mo’s and hosted by two former empresses, Ophelia and Selena raised almost $3,000 and many blankets were donated.
Congratulations to Hillcrest businessman, William Lopez, in his marriage to Police Lt. Phillip Collum, as their wedding ceremony got a major story in the super popular Pacifica Magazine.
I was a judge at the recent 29th annual National IGRA Convention held at the Mission Valley Hilton Hotel.
GLBT rodeo delegates from all over the USA and Canada were in San Diego. Those great GLBT sports teams will be coming together Dec. 15 at True North Tavern, 6 p.m. for their annual “Toys for Kids” fundraising event and the GSDBA is also holding one too!
The ever popular Kevin Beiser (vice president of the San Diego School Board) may be getting a new title.
I had a nice conversation recently with Nathan Fletcher and he has absolutely no interest in running for public office. Well, I believe him, but many of us hope he changes his mind in 3 or 5 years!
The word from our state capitol is that our Toni Atkins is still in the running to become our next speaker for the state Assembly! Go Toni, Go.
Bonnie Dumanis has received the most endorsements of Democratic and Republican elected officials in her bid to be re-elected our district attorney.
Last year, Mayor Castro of San Antonio, Texas appointed me the mayor of La Villita, Texas, and I will be visiting my tiny little city next week for 5 days. I will be staying at the home of a major Texas civic leader, Dr. Rosie Valdez.
2014 Wall of Honor inductees
Some years ago, I founded the community’s Wall of Honor at The Center. Next year we will be inducting new honorees and they include: Chris Kehoe, Bill Beck, Susan Jester, Al Smithson, David Huskey, Robert Lynn, Scott Fulerson, Eddie Conlon, John Graham, Pat Cluchy and Julie Warren. The ceremony will take place April 2014. Stay tuned as The Center will be issuing more details.
Nicole Murray Ramirez has been an award-winning columnist since 1973, and a Latino and gay activist for more than 40 years. He is currently a city commissioner and has served the last six 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. Nicolemrsandiego@aol.com
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