Briefs – Aug. 5 – 18, 2016

Posted: August 5th, 2016 | Gay News Briefs, News, Opinion & News | No Comments


Save Starlight, a nonprofit community initiative, will host a cleanup event Aug. 13 at the abandoned Starlight Bowl open-air amphitheater in Balboa Park.

The cleanup kicks off the nonprofit’s campaign to preserve and revitalize the Starlight Bowl. Their mission is to revive the amphitheater as a viable community venue to host a new generation of inclusive and varied performances that reflect San Diego’s creative communities and culture.

District 3 Councilmember Todd Gloria will join the cleanup from 9 a.m. — noon.

“I am happy to see Save Starlight bringing the community together in this grassroots campaign to clean up the Starlight Bowl,” Gloria said in a news release. “They have a strong passion for this historic space and I’m looking forward to rolling up my sleeves on Aug. 13 to show my support.”

Also, the campaign will film the event to create a fundraising campaign video. Snacks will be provided for volunteers and musical accompaniment will enliven the bowl.

For more information, contact or call 619-252-1744 or visit


EmbroidMe, a local business based in the Kearny Mesa area of San Diego, has launched an effort to raise money for the family of slain SDPD police officer Jonathan DeGuzman.

The custom apparel and embroidery company — which has three locations in San Diego, but each are privately owned — has created a screen-printed T-shirt that says “Back the Blue,” with an image of the SDPD badge behind it.

Jon Bradley, corporate accounts manager for the EmbroidMe Kearny Mesa location, said the company is giving away the T-shirts for free but collecting donations for each shirt, which will then go to the DeGuzman family to cover funeral and other expenses.

Dozens of the T-shirts will be hand-delivered to local police departments and the rest will be offered up to members of the general public who stop in to their Kearny Mesa store.

Bradley said that EmbroidMe staff hope the gesture not only helps the DeGuzmans, but to also “express community support for local and national law enforcement” through dissemination of the T-shirts.

“Given all that has been in the local and national news recently regarding the violence against police officers, local Officer Jonathan De Guzman’s funeral, and the outcry it has spiked in San Diego,” Bradley said, adding that the company has printed “a couple hundred” of the shirts.

EmbroidMe is located at 7710 Balboa Ave., Suite 109, and open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. ­5 p.m., and Bradley expects them to have shirts for at least a week. Note: Only the Kearny Mesa EmbroidMe location is involved in the fundraiser and will have the shirts.


Mission Federal’s ArtWalk Liberty Station is the younger, smaller sister-act of ArtWalk, held in Little Italy every spring. This year’s Liberty Station event will take place Saturday, Aug. 13 and Sunday, Aug. 14.

“ArtWalk @ Liberty Station is a free weekend-long event that creates a platform for artists to showcase their work,” said Sandi Cottrell, ArtWalk San Diego’s managing director, in a press release. “The festival brings together families, art lovers, collectors, residents, visitors and more to one of San Diego’s most loved arts and culture districts.

“The beautiful park-like setting and rose garden at Liberty Station’s Ingram Plaza provides a scenic backdrop for artists to showcase their work,” she continued. “We are looking forward to putting on another successful ArtWalk @ Liberty Station this year for our 11th year anniversary.”

The popular outdoor art festival, known for its KidsWalk area and vast array of arts and craft exhibitors, is adding an interactive theme this year to engage attendees.

Several interactive exhibits are planned that will allow attendees to work with exhibitors to incorporate the interactions into their art. Local artist Nan Coffey will be conducting a live “inclusion art” piece on a large-scale canvas, depicting images from stories attendees share with her. James Yuransky will have participants paint geometric objects that he will incorporate into a 3D masterpiece.

Artist & Craftsman Supply in Hillcrest will also be on hand, offering an interactive activity that will focus on nature.

Finally, four painted butterflies will be hidden throughout the Artwalk Liberty Station venue for attendees to locate using clues and win a prize for the charity of their choice. This element will be called The Butterfly Effect and will also provide photo ops for social media.

Ingram Plaza is located at the corner of Historic Decatur Road and Roosevelt Road and attendance to ArtWalk is free. Festival times are from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Aug. 13, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 14. For more information about ArtWalk Liberty Station, visit


A series of attacks on homeless people in early July have led San Diego Police on an intense search for the attacker. All four attacks — two of them fatal, two life threatening — were similar in nature and investigators believe they are related. San Diego Crime Stoppers and the SDPD Homicide unit are offering a $1,000 reward for assistance in identifying and locating the suspect responsible for these attacks.

Locations of the existing crimes include 2700 block of Morena Boulevard; 3700 block of Greenwood Street; 2500 block of Bacon Street; and 700 block of Kettner Boulevard. All attacks occurred in the early morning hours.

To see a video of a suspect at large, visit

SDPD urges the public to report any suspicious behavior and asks the homeless population to “remain vigilant, avoid sleeping alone and to stay in open, well-lit areas.”

Anyone with any information should call the homicide unit 619-531-2293, Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line 888-580-8477, or visit


The U.S. Navy has decided to name a Naval ship after the late LGBT civil rights activist Harvey Milk, according to a press release from the American Military Partner Association (AMPA).

The release stated that a congressional notification signed by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus confirmed the decision, and it identified the future ship as a Military Sealift Command fleet oiler, to be named the USNS Harvey Milk, with a hull number assigned as T-AO-206.

San Diego City Commissioner Nicole Murray Ramirez told Gay San Diego that Stuart Milk, Harvey’s nephew and the founder and board president of the Harvey Milk Foundation, called him from Europe to give him the news.

Ramirez was in Los Angeles filming a segment for a Bravo TV show, “Then and Now,” hosted by Andy Cohen, when he got the phone call.

“Oh my god we pulled it off, I just can’t believe this,” Ramirez said, still in shock over the news.

Ramirez began the campaign to get a Navy ship named after the civil rights icon right here in San Diego several years ago. He enlisted the International Court Council of the Imperial Court — which has 68 chapters across the U.S., Canada and Mexico — to help with the campaign.

“This is a military salute from America saying to every LGBT veteran or active duty member that we are proud of your service,” he said.

Ramirez is also responsible for San Diego’s Harvey Milk Street — the first public street in the nation to be named after Milk — and was also responsible for the campaign to get Harvey Milk on a U.S. Postage stamp, which ended successfully two years ago.

Harvey Milk was commissioned in the U.S. Navy in 1951 and served in San Diego as a diving officer on the submarine rescue ship, the Kittiwake. He was discharged in 1955 as a Lt. j.g. In 1977 Milk was elected to the San Francisco board of supervisors — the first openly gay politician elected to office in California. He was assassinated along with Mayor George Moscone, by another supervisor, Dan White, a year later. Milk was wearing his Navy diver belt buckle at the time of his death.

“People have never understood why I have been so military oriented,” Ramirez said. “But my father was a veteran and my brother, who was gay, was in the Navy. It instilled in me patriotism. To be proud of your country and those who serve it.”

AMPA is a support and resource network for the partners, spouses, families and allies of the nation’s LGBT service members and veterans. Ashley Broadway-Mack, AMPA’s president, lauded the decision.

“Harvey Milk is an American hero and an icon for LGBT equality, and it’s phenomenal that the U.S. Navy is going to honor his legacy by naming a ship after him,” Broadway-Mack said. “Harvey Milk’s incredible leadership in the face of adversity continues to inspire all of us in our ongoing fight for full LGBT equality. By breaking down barriers and fighting for the dignity and worth of all Americans, he left behind an example for all of us in his service to our nation, both in and out of uniform.”

The ship, which will be part of a series of Lewis class ships — named after another civil rights activist, senior Congressmember John Lewis — will be built in San Diego by General Dynamics at NAASCO.

For more about the historic campaign to name a Navy ship after Harvey Milk, visit To learn more about AMPA, visit

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