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California Legislature approves bill to ban smoking at state beaches and parks

SACRAMENTO – State senators Tuesday approved a bill by State Sen. Marty Block (D-San Diego) that would ban smoking or disposal of tobacco products at a state owned or operated beach or park. The measure, SB 1333, will now head to the governor. Block said his bill is an overdue step in protecting California’s natural […]

NY Court of Appeals announces groundbreaking decision on same-sex parental rights case

NEW YORK— In a landmark ruling, the New York Court of Appeals has revised the legal definition of “parent” under New York’s Domestic Relations Law, changing the laws regarding parental custody and visitation, especially as it relates to same-sex couples.  The new criteria no longer relies on 25 year old precedent which defined “parent” exclusively as […]

Aussie pop singer-songwriter Ray Isaac releases ‘Behind the Scenes’ video of Orlando tribute song (VIDEO)

Aussie pop singer-songwriter-DJ Ray Isaac has released a ‘Behind the Scenes’ video of his Orlando tribute song  called “We Stand United”. Thank you to the amazing people who contributed their time and services to this beautiful cause,” said Isaac. “All the money made from the sales on iTunes and www.rayisaac.com will go directly to the Orlando Victims […]

Fight hunger: Take the CalFresh Challenge

More than 423,000 people in San Diego County do not have enough food every day for a healthy, active life. The CalFresh Challenge encourages participants to experience what life can be like for many of our neighbors who rely on CalFresh as they struggle to avoid hunger, afford nutritious food and stay healthy with very […]

Washington Monthly names UC San Diego the nation’s No. 1 public university

The University of California San Diego has been ranked the number one public university in the nation for serving the public interest for the seventh consecutive year by Washington Monthly. The magazine released its annual rankings Monday measuring social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (preparing undergraduates for graduate school as well as discovering […]

Human trafficking reform legislation heads to governor

SACRAMENTO – Human trafficking legislation by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) that would create minimum penalties for those attempting to purchase sex was approved by the Assembly Tuesday on a unanimous 63-0 vote. It will now be submitted to the Governor. Under Assembly Bill 1708, California would, for the first time, treat the purchasing and selling […]

California Legislature approves youth suicide prevention bill

SACRAMENTO –The California Assembly late yesterday approved a bill that would require the adoption of comprehensive suicide prevention plans by local California school districts for students attending grades 7-12. Assembly Bill (AB) 2246 was previously approved by the Senate and now goes to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature. The bill was authored by Assemblymember […]

San Diego Opera begins building new adult day care center for those facing Alzheimer’s

SAN DIEGO – San Diego Opera announced today that the Company’s Scenic Studio has begun work on the Glenner Center’s “Town Square”, a new Adult Day Program Facility for participants facing Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other memory impairment diseases. Located in Chula Vista, CA, this facility will create a replica 1950’s era San Diego themed […]

Shareholder advocacy for full LGBTQ equality to be major panel at upcoming national financial conference

DENVER — While major advances have been achieved in the United States to protect the rights of the LGBTQ individuals there are still a number of countries where outright discrimination and even punishment by death are real threats. A major panel during the 27th annual SRI Conference November 9–11, 2016 in Denver will explore what concerned […]

SPARTA announces new leadership

WASHINGTON, D.C. – SPARTA, one of the leading advocates for transgender military service, today announced Blake Dremann as the new board chair and president of SPARTA, and the addition of three new board members: Jennifer Peace, Laila Ireland and Danyiel Brustmeyer. Well-known advocates Allyson Robinson and Sue Fulton are stepping down from leadership, Robinson leaving […]

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