Auntie Helen’s scandal: Many looked the other way

Well over a year ago in this column, I wrote about the financial mismanagement going on at Auntie Helen’s. I reported how the County Board of Supervisors had demanded their government grant back because of mismanagement fraud; how Auntie Helen’s executive director was caught using this AIDS agency’s money at casinos for personal dinners and [...]

Cleve Jones coming to San Diego Dec. 6

Internationally known gay, labor and AIDS activist Cleve Jones will be in San Diego Dec. 6 when the Human Dignity Foundation will be honoring him at their annual gala. Cleve is the founder of the Names Project/AIDS Quilt and was the historic consultant for the Oscar-winning film Milk about his good friend Harvey Milk. (Actor [...]

Now on to the 2016 elections!

Susan Davis Todd Gloria

Strategy and campaigning has already started for the 2016 elections. Locally, rumors continue that our beloved and super-popular Congresswoman Susan Davis may not seek re-election and if she decides to retire the top two names being mentioned are Todd Gloria and Toni Atkins, who will both be termed out of office in 2016. Republicans have [...]

Mr. DeMaio goes to Washington …

Carl DeMaio got a phone call from Washington, D.C. about five in the morning after Tuesday’s long election night; he was told to report for congressional orientation. Two years ago, Scott Peters got the same call in his tight race against incumbent Brian Bilbray in which Peters was then narrowly ahead. As I write this [...]

Vote Brown, Davis, DeMaio, Cate, Padilla Nov. 4

Next Tuesday, Nov. 4 is an important election as it will decide who will control Congress; but yet most political observers predict a low turnout. Locally there are also important races and let’s hope for a good turnout. I endorse Gov. Brown for re-election as well as Congresswoman Susan Davis. Let’s make history and elect [...]

Kehoe School project … reset

There has been a lot of media coverage concerning the GLBT Historic Task Force’s community campaign to rename Florence Elementary School to the Sen. Christine Kehoe School. Let me set the record and facts straight following some questions and concerns that have been brought up. As many of you know, some years ago I brought [...]

The smearing of Carl DeMaio

In my over half a century of being involved with politics and public service I have never seen such a constant, ugly, disgusting and destructive smear campaign as has been waged against Carl DeMaio. As many of you know, I have always had an up and down relationship with Carl, from introducing him to Latino [...]

It’s Chairmen Baza, Kelly, Abrams and Gleason!

Larry Baza with Gloria Steinem

Mayor Kevin Faulconer made history again by appointing long time Latino/gay leader, Larry Bazza as the first person of color to become chair of the city’s prestigious and influential Art’s Commission. Baza is a true San Diego native whose family are fourth generation Californians; they are well known and respected leaders/activists within the people of [...]

Kehoe Elementary School and San Diego AIDS memorial

Many of you will probably remember that I started talking about naming a public school after Sen. Christine Kehoe and finally establishing an AIDS memorial in San Diego in this column years ago (as well as a street named after Harvey Milk). The GLBT Historic Task Force was established to focus on these three major [...]

Lunch with Marine veteran Nathan Fletcher


Recently, I had lunch at Harvey Milk’s American Diner with Marine veteran and former State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher. Let me tell you that he was in the best of spirits I have ever seen him in. Happy with life as an executive at Qualcomm, especially with his family and two growing little boys and very [...]

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