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Harry Britt, who succeeded Harvey Milk, dies at 82

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Harry Britt, the gay San Francisco Supervisor who wrote California’s first domestic partnership law that was infamously vetoed by Mayor Dianne Feinstein in 1982, died early Wednesday, June 24. He was 82, the Bay Area Reporter reported.

Britt died at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco after long suffering numerous health issues.

Feinstein first appointed Britt to the Board of Supervisors in 1979 after the assassination of pioneering gay Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone, whom Feinstein replaced. Britt, a prominent political activist with the San Francisco Gay Democratic Club, went on to be elected to the board in Nov. 1979, 1980, 1984, and 1988.

Harry Britt, center, from his Facebook page

Britt introduced domestic partnership legislation in 1982 to ensure health insurance coverage for domestic partners of public employees in reaction to the beginning of the AIDS crisis. In 1989, his domestic partner legislation with a public registry was signed into by Mayor Art Agnos. The law was subsequently repealed by voters, then reinstated in a modified version through Britt’s Proposition K in 1990.

In 1987, Britt ran against Nancy Pelosi, former head of the California Democratic Party, in a special election for California’s 5th Congressional District. Pelosi narrowly bested Britt, 36% to 32%. Pelosi subsequently became the first woman Speaker of the US House of Representatives.

“If you look up ‘unsung hero’ in the dictionary, you’ll see a picture of Harry,” former out Supervisor, state Assemblymember, educator and comedian Tom Ammiano told BAR.

“Harry Britt was a pioneer in the LGBTQ community’s entry into electoral politics,” Wiener stated. “He deeply understood that while allies are essential, we must have our own seat at the table. Harry helped create political space for people like me to serve in elected office. Harry’s death is a tragedy. He will be missed, gay state Sen. Scott Wiener said in a statement.

Top photo: Harry Britt giving a lecture at Berkeley Public Library to the East Bay Atheists via Wikipedia

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Los Angeles Mayor: Supreme Court decision “fundamentally un-American”

Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke to the Los Angeles Blade reflecting on Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court reversal of Roe v. Wade

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (Blade photo from video by Troy Masters)

LOS ANGELES – During the Los Angeles Mayor’s Pride Garden Party held at The Getty House, the official residence of the mayor Saturday afternoon, Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke to the Los Angeles Blade reflecting on Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court reversal of Roe v. Wade.

Garcetti noted that “here in LA we defend those rights” after taking aim at the actions of the high court Friday in the ruling on the Mississippi case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health clinic. “Make no mistake, we have to be active,” Garcetti added.

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Reminder: 101 closed through DTLA until 10pm Sunday

The closure began at 10 p.m. Saturday and will be completed by 10 p.m. Sunday, the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering announced

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LOS ANGELES – (KTLA) Motorists are being reminded that the stretch of 101 through the downtown area of Los Angeles is shut down for road restoration and reconstruction work.

KTLA reported the closure began at 10 p.m. Saturday and will be completed by 10 p.m. Sunday, the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering announced.

The 24-hour closure between State Route 60 and the 10 Freeway interchange is needed for the Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project, which aims to replace the original, seismically-deficient structure built in 1932, authorities said.

During the closure, the California Department of Transportation will also be doing slab replacement work along the same stretch of the 101 Freeway.

The closure will center around the east side of the viaduct construction site in Boyle Heights. While the stretch is closed, drivers headed west on State Route 60 from the Pomona area will not be able to access the 101, officials said.

Off-ramps and on-ramps in the area will also be closed during as road work gets underway.

Drivers who reach the closure will see signs directing them to a detour.

(The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering)

The new $588 million viaduct is expected to be completed in Summer of 2022, stretching between Boyle Heights and the Arts District.

Officials say it is the largest bridge project in the history of Los Angeles.

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LA-DWP & Mayor Garcetti announce new outdoor watering restrictions

Sprinkler watering will be allowed Monday & Friday at odd-numbered addresses in the city, and even-numbered addresses on Thursday & Sunday

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City of Los Angeles (Blade file photo)

LOS ANGELES – In a press conference Tuesday Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and officials from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) announced that outdoor watering in the city will be restricted to two days a week starting June 1.

The announcement comes as the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California declared an unprecedented water shortage emergency two weeks ago, imposing restrictions after MWD’s board voted to adopt the emergency measures to “reduce non-essential water use” in certain areas. Cities and smaller water suppliers that get water from MWD are required to start restricting outdoor watering to one day a week, or to find other ways to cut usage to a new monthly allocation limit.

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In Tuesday’s press conference Mayor Garcetti said L.A.’s two-day limit was still more lenient than the one imposed by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which has ordered many of its member agencies to restrict outdoor watering to once a week.

Sprinkler watering will be allowed on Monday and Friday at odd-numbered addresses in the city, and even-numbered addresses on Thursday and Sunday.

For more information visit the LADWP webpage here.

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