Harvey Milk’s officially closes forever; some employees remain disgruntled

Harvey Milk's American Diner

Today the official closure of Harvey Milk’s American Diner was announced.  The online announcement, by owner Frank Lechner, stated that the diner was officially closed for good and that all the employees had been paid. LGBT Weekly reached out to Lechner for comment but he was unavailable at press time. LGBT Weekly did speak with [...]

Donna Frye unplugged on DeMaio

Donna Frye and Carl DeMaio

Former City Councilwoman Donna Frye blasted Carl DeMaio in a press conference today describing the 52nd Congressional District candidate as a person who,  “… fails to comprehend the words humility, honesty and decency.” Frye, a Congressman Scott Peters supporter, said she did not plan to get publicly involved in any political campaign, but was dragged [...]

Rep. Peters earns endorsement from National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

Scott Peters

SAN DIEGO – The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare has “enthusiastically” endorsed Rep. Scott Peters for re-election. “Our nation needs your continued leadership, vision and determination to fight for working families and older Americans,” the organization wrote in an Oct. 24 letter to Peters. The letter added, “You earned the endorsement of [...]

Hillcrest Business Improvement Association under fire for ‘sham’ hiring process


International photographer and San Diego community activist, David Lundin has a problem with the Hillcrest Business Improvement Association. Actually, Lundin has several problems with HBIA, not least among them what he calls “the sham hiring process” that last summer led to the re-hiring of Benjamin Nicholls as the organization’s executive director. Lundin has asked the [...]

Spilt Milk: The Journey of Harvey Milk’s American Diner

Harvey Milk's American Diner

Many in the community were shocked and saddened by the sudden shuttering of Harvey Milk’s American Diner. Part of the Hillcrest dining scene for one short year, the closing has drawn the inevitable question “what happened”? Let’s start at the beginning. The concept of Harvey Milk’s was the brainchild of Mike Phillips and Frank Lechner. [...]

Lambda Literary enters partnership with San Diego Unified School District

LGBT Writers in Schools

Lambda Literary, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender literature, is proud to announce an historic partnership with the San Diego Unified School District to make its LGBT Writers in Schools Program available to the city’s high school students. Approved by the San Diego Board of Education last week, Lambda Literary [...]

Carl DeMaio’s outreach strategy to women?


The story about the offensive email from Carl DeMaio that targeted a Scott Peters’ campaign staffer, first reported by the San Diego CityBeat has received national press coverage. The email contained a photo of an overweight woman wearing only a bra and eating a snack with the subject line “Kate Lyon.” Subsequent press coverage includes: [...]

DA’s Office: No criminal charges to be filed in DeMaio office break-in or sexual misconduct investigations; announcement raises more questions

Carl DeMaio

Today, the San Diego District Attorney’s Office announced that it had concluded its review of two investigations involving candidate Carl DeMaio’s congressional campaign. The two investigations surrounded burglary and vandalism to DeMaio’s campaign headquarters in May, as well as subsequent allegations of sexual harassment by former DeMaio staffer Todd Bosnich. The DA’s Office stated in [...]

Lesbian’s mother-in-law tells of learning her daughter was dead

San Diego Superior Court

A mother testified she learned her lesbian daughter was dead in a startling phone call from “my daughter’s wife” when the woman confessed “I lost it” and killed her. Heidi Alexander tearfully told a judge Oct. 16 Tiffany LaToya Nowden, 39, phoned her June 6 and told her Alexander’s daughter, Russina “Rusti” Vale, 38, was [...]

Rep. Joe Kennedy to campaign for Scott Peters Saturday

Joe Kennedy

SAN DIEGO — Rep. Scott Peters’ re-election campaign is receiving a boost, with Rep. Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts becoming the latest prominent Democrat to help with voter outreach in the CA-52 district. Rep. Kennedy will come to San Diego this weekend to campaign for Peters, joining with other volunteers to walk neighborhoods and talk to [...]

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