The legendary community organizer influenced a generation of Latino civil-rights activists. But in OC, he was run out of town
It's been more than a year now since my "50 Reasons Why Orange County is the Worst Effing Place in America" listicle scandalized so many, and I still get crap for it. I'll always stand by it, because everything in it was true. But to the haters, I offer this olive branch: at least we're not Los Ange ... More >>
Click here for our Anaheim police shooting archivesAs more than a thousand protestors clashed in Anaheim with police in the streets below, several helicopters hovered above the night's sky while Disneyland's fireworks exploded in air, oblivious to it all. The juxtaposition between the virtual and re ... More >>
Having a 'Señores and Señoritas' theme during a high school 'cultural dress up' day can have disastrous results, and Canyon High School learned that lesson the hard way. As the Weekly exposed over the weekend, students came to the Anaheim Hills campus on Wednesday wearing Mexi-mocking attire while ... More >>
The recent push by activists to have a school in the Orange Unified School District named after local civil rights pioneer Lorenzo Ramirez reminded me that the Westminster Unified School District still hasn't named a school after its famous civil rights pioneer: Gonzalo Mendez, who along with Ram ... More >>
Besides annoying most everyone who reads this paper, I also annoy folks on a national level with my commentaries for Marketplace, airing every weekday at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on KPCC-FM 89.3. Yesterday, as part of their summer reading series, I recommended that listeners pick up a copy of Care ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Historical ignorance leads to hate, hate leads to anger . . .
McWilliams: The Original Gunkist Historian...This week's cover story on the controversy in the retelling of the historic Mendez vs. Westminster decision has a brief mention of the case's best chronicler: the great progressive historian Carey McWilliams. The Fullerton College professor quoted in t ... More >>
As mentioned in my ¡Ask a Mexican! column this week, I'll be speaking tomorrow to the Anaheim Historical Society at what's now called the Woelke-Stoffel House but which generations of Anaheimers know as the Red Cross House. Address is 418 N. West St., Anaheim, (714) 292-0042, and the fun will start ... More >>
Moxley fends off idiot Republicans; Nick Schou battles conspiracy loons; Vickie Chang gets the hipsters riled up. My petty, non-pedo-apologist fights? Local amateur historians. My post last week about SanTana's missing segregationist history in a recent Images of America book about the county seat ... More >>
Wonder why Orange County trembles whenever its Mexicans protest? Welcome to the Citrus War of 1936, the most important event in Orange County history youve never heard of
The year in Mexican-bashing
Does Governor Davis really want Californians reading Steinbeck?!?