§ Chris Butcher reports that the owner of the Manchester Grand Hyatt — a fellow name of Doug Manchester, believe it or not — has made political contributions that supporters of gay marriage will find odious:
A $125,000 donation in support of an anti-gay marriage initiative by a San Diego hotelier has drawn the ire of gay and lesbian activists and local labor unions who are now calling for a boycott.
Organizers held a news conference in front of the Manchester Grand Hyatt, near Seaport Village, on Thursday. A coalition of LGBT community leaders and the labor movement spoke out against Doug Manchester, who contributed a donation in support of Proposition 8, which would allow only men and women to marry in the state of California. The group opposes the ballot measure because it threatens the recent state Supreme Court decision that allows marriage between men and women.
Butcher suggests a hotel boycott is impossible because of the time factor, but that not paying for drinks should be an option. The Beat supports this, and suggests that, in fact, the Hyatt bar is so crowded and the bartenders so slow that getting more than one drink in any one evening is pretty much impossible, that the simple expedient of buying liquor at Ralph’s and secreting it in either a) a flask or b)a Arrowhead spring water bottle be used and EVERYONE will be happy.