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Two Hillcrest groups endorse Harvey Milk Street project

SAN DIEGO -- At their meetings last night, the Hillcrest Town Council (HTC) and Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) each gave their endorsements to the Committee to Commemorate Harvey Milk's proposal to rename a street in Hillcrest as Harvey Milk Street.

The residents group voted 24-3 in support of the project, which the committee will include in its application materials as the project goes through the City of San Diego's various approval and permitting processes.

The proposal seeks to rename Blaine Avenue, which runs five blocks from The San Diego LGBT Community Center to Cleveland Avenue, as Harvey Milk Street. The street crosses over Normal Street, which is the site of the proposed Rainbow Flag Project.

Fernando Lopez of San Diego LGBT Pride gave a brief presentation on the proposal during the public comment portion of the meeting, which was followed by HTC steering committee member Dave McCulloch making a motion to support the project.

Most in the room seemed to be supportive of the project, with only a few concerns raised about ensuring that all residents and property owners on Blaine Avenue had been properly surveyed about the proposed name change.

Before last night's HTC meeting, HBA held its monthly board meeting and the group unanimously voted to support the project.

Last week, the Uptown Planners voted 6-4 in support of the project. The next step in the approval process will be for the project to go through the city's Planning Commission, followed by the full City Council.

Organizers hope to see the name change completed by Harvey Milk's birthday, which falls on May 22.

For more information or to register your support of the project click HERE.