Sheriff Lupe Valdez, a Democrat, on why she’s going to the Log Cabin Republicans Convention

Sheriff Lupe Valdez

The Log Cabin Republicans will hold their National Convention in Dallas this coming weekend, and we’ll have a full story in Friday’s print edition. But because the convention actually begins Thursday, we figured we’d go ahead and post the full program sent out by the group earlier this week.

Perhaps the biggest surprise on the program is a scheduled appearance by gay Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, who is of course a Democrat.

Valdez, who’ll be one of the featured speakers at a Saturday luncheon, contacted us this week to explain her decision to accept the invitation from Log Cabin (not that we necessarily felt it warranted an explanation). Here’s what she said: 

“We have more things in common than we have differences, but it seems like in politics we constantly dwell on our differences,” Valdez said. “If we continue to dwell on our differences, all we’re going to do is fight. If we try to work on our common issues, we’ll be able to accomplish some things.”

On that note, below is the full program. For more information or to register, go here.

—  John Wright

Joe Mosca becomes Los Angeles County's 5th openly gay mayor or mayor pro tem

Mayor Joe Mosca and his son Gabrielle
Mayor Joe Mosca and his son Gabrielle

Joe Mosca was named mayor of Sierra Madre in Los Angeles County this week, according to the Pasadena Star-News. Mosca and his partner have a 3-year-old son.

The night of Mosca’s appointment, his parents were visiting from Providence, R.I., a city that also, coincidentally, has a gay mayor, David Cicilline.

Mosca becomes the fifth openly gay mayor or mayor pro tem in Los Angeles County, according to the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.

The others are Mayor Jeffrey Prang and Mayor Pro Tem John Heilman of West Hollywood, Mayor Mike Gin of Redondo Beach and Mayor Pro Tem Mitch Ward of Manhattan Beach.

—  David Taffet