Stories for May 30, 2012
An application for permits required to build two hotels on the old Fat City restaurant property north of downtown San Diego was forwarded today to the chairman of the Centre City Development Corp. without recommendation after labor unions expressed opposition.
A form of psychotherapy intended to turn gay children straight would be banned in California under a bill that passed the State Senate Wednesday. California would be the first state to pass such a ban.
A bill that would expand California’s family and medical leave law passed the Assembly on a party line vote.
A bill to help middle class families pay for California colleges and universities has passed the Assembly by a two-thirds vote.
The California State Senate has approved a pair of bills intended to make inexpensive digital textbooks for popular courses available to college students. Both measures passed overwhelmingly Wednesday despite textbook industry opposition.
State budget cuts have reduced classes at California’s public universities and colleges. Some of San Diego’s private schools are looking to fill that void.
Jeri Dilno has spent her career working as a courageous political and social justice advocate on behalf of women’s and gay/lesbian rights. Her own military undesirable discharge in 1961 for being a lesbian led her to risk personal safety on behalf of gay and lesbian civil rights. Ms. Dilno is currently on the Board of Directors of LGBT Pride, serves as a member of the City’s Balboa Park Committee, which is an advisory board to City Council, and a member of the San Diego County Democratic Central Committee.
Larry T. Baza’s career as a professional arts administrator and advocate has been driven by the belief that access to the arts “is vitally important to a civilized society.” His work has included directorships of many local nonprofits including the Centro Cultural de la Raza, Sushi Performance and Visual Art, California Pacific Theatre and others. He has also participated as a consultant, grant panelist, site visitor or board member for: National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, Arizona Arts Commission, City of San Diego Commission for Arts and culture, California Association of Local Arts Agencies and more.
The Citizens Review Board on Police Practices has responded to a San Diego County Grand Jury report which said the board is rife with cronyism, prejudice, intimidation and conflicts of interest. Incoming board chair Jim Kaese says the report contains errors, but the board is already addressing the issues.