Ed Velasquez

Tell us all about your voting experience

I’m always curious about how people experience voting. We’re about halfway through the day now. Was it smooth? Did you have any problems? Was there ample parking available at your polling place? If you were there early, was it open promptly at 7 am? Did the poll workers know what they were doing? Were they…

Thank you Monsignor Soto!

I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I have a few close personal relatives who are voting for Proposition 8 and against marriage equality in California. I’ve left them reading materials, discussed the parallels with the history of marriage in this country, and tried to make them understand that it’s not about teaching kids, or…

Nature’s Reminder – 5.8 in Chino Hills

At 11:42 am an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 struck Chino Hills. It was felt strongly thoughout OC and across Southern California. No reports of damage. Chino Hills is a few miles northeast of Orange County, so I’m guessing it was felt most strongly on the northern end of the county. Where I…

My day at the Courthouse…

They came from all parts to the brick and sandstone courthouse surrounded by lush green lawn on a full city block. The morning fog cleared just in time to see the ancient cannons out front before the doors were unlocked. It was a brilliant warm June day, strangely familiar, but it would prove to be…

Celebrate the First Day of CA Marriage Equality

On Tuesday morning at the Old Orange County Courthouse in Downtown Santa Ana, Orange County’s first gay couples will be issued marriage licenses. Please plan to attend and show your support for these couples who have waited so long for a right that many take for granted. And celebrate a victory with those who have…

Did we finally reach the finish line for nomination or not?

Last night the final primaries were held in South Dakota and Montana.  Clinton carried SD and Obama took MT.  Obama has reached and surpassed the number necessary to nominate.  Unpledged delegates are continuing to move in his direction.  But some claim the race still isn’t over.  So is Senator Obama the nominee or isn’t he? …