Mirror, mirror, on the wall, which are most and least LGBT-friendly Orange County cities of them all? Well, the Human Rights Campaign--or HRC, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization--did not rank all 34 of OC's incorporated cities, just seven, and base ... More >>
Check out the following six (mostly brief) videos that have UC Irvine/Jet Propulsion Laboratory water scientist Jay Famiglietti and his team's research explaining the California and global groundwater crises. READING ASSIGNMENT: An Inconvenient Thirst: Water scientist Jay Famiglietti pleas for smar ... More >>
What follows is a picture of the groundwater challenges at home and abroad. I must concede that I became depressed while putting this together, but then remembered far more brilliant people are working on ways to manage our way out of this crisis. We just need more of these folks to make it a priori ... More >>
The reading assignment below? It's alright. But the truth is the subject of the story, UC Irvine and Jet Propulsion Laboratory water scientist Jay Famiglietti, has written far more eloquently about the global groundwater issues raised in this week's cover story. After the jump are but five examples ... More >>
Looking out the large windows from Jay Famiglietti's corner office at UC Irvine on a sun-drenched late-spring day, you take in an inviting deep greenbelt and, just beyond that, the green, green grass of Aldrich Park. Contrast that with the view from the UCI hydrologist's new office at the NASA Jet ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post about a legislative panel approving a request to audit Child Protective Services agencies across the state, without specifying which ones.ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 5, 8:58 A.M.: The attorney and client who last month accused Orange County Social Services Agency's Chi ... More >>
Forgot to mention a couple of the other must-have-read already writers in the newest anthology of best California writing of the year from Heyday. You might recall from last week my weird reading triage, first noting what I remembered from journals originally printing short stories, poems and essays ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Mexicans like to play in the street?
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And should the U.S. bring back the guest-worker program for Mexicans?
Though we probably don't notice it because we're too busy giving hella directions to The 405, Californians have an accent. Like, for reals. A team of linguistics researchers from Stanford University has been studying the elusive dialects of the Golden State, which have never been given the same ... More >>
How a small village outside Houston influences the Asian restaurants of Little Saigon, Long Beach and beyond
One of the travails of becoming a vegan, as Ari Solomon has found, is that your choices are pretty limited at In-N-Out. The LA-based activist once enjoyed the chain's burgers but can no longer eat them. So in an attempt to make In-N-Out more vegetarian-friendly, he started a petition that calls for ... More >>
Reports of the NBA's Kings' death in Sacramento--and rebirth in Virginia Beach--have been greatly exaggerated.But amid the Virginia news item that put the rumor in play--and the swift media and blogosphere labeling of the report as bullshit--there is a lonely item sustaining the pulse for a Kings mo ... More >>
"Foie gras is cruel. Those poor ducks." The anti-foie gras people, of course, don't want to ban just foie gras. Many of them would like to ban meat altogether as cruel, forcing everyone to espouse a vegetarian diet. While there's nothing wrong with being vegetarian, let's not pretend that vegeta ... More >>
[Crossing the Line] A hostile Supreme Court. A feckless Obama administration. America's war on Mexicans has gone too far
This modest blog's ostensible focus is OC reading, writing, literary people and generally what the highly-opinionated Mr. Bib deems bookly about our benighted, beatific and beloved county but, of course, no county is an island entire of itself, every county is a piece of the continent, a part of the ... More >>
An excerpt from 'Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America'
UCI School of Law
Out in the Central Valley town of Lindsay, Bastady Ranches continues the family's century-long tradition of growing oranges. They've been there since 1955, since Emanuel Bastady moved the family business from Buena Park, a business he inherited from his uncle Frederick, a child of Swiss immigrant ... More >>
SolorioA proposed law authored by one Orange County assemblyman is being called a big favor for big labor, while legislation from another has powerful California business interests lined up against it.The legislators are Democrats and California Latino Legislative Caucus leaders Jose Solorio of S ... More >>
Headline: Van Full of Pit Bulls Headed to MexicoComment by SCHULTZIE: I know all races abuse animals but the mexicans are the worse between the dog fights, chicken fights, letting their dogs have lots of puppies so they can sell them at the flea markets and outside of Wal-Mart, not giving them th ... More >>
One of the few positive transformations in the Roman Catholic Church in the United States over the last half-century has been its increasingly Aztlanista tendencies. This trajectory was helped along in the late 1960s and 1970s by no less a priest than Roger Mahony, now cardinal of the Los Angeles ... More >>
Dave LiebermanMojave's not exactly a place people expect food to come from, situated as it is in the middle of a hot desert, a stopping point for air shows and people driving from San Francisco to Las Vegas and people connected with the Air Force base.The first time I saw the sign for Soledad Goa ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And everybody has a different, not-so-endearing nickname for the Brown Menace
What started as a gag gift by the Offspring singer is becoming a serious business
How do Mexicans get such ridiculous nicknames from seemingly normal names?
Buck Owens is Black Sabbath and Totimoshi knows why: distinctive guitar tone and songs about Satan make a boy from Bakersfield do good, and Totimoshi guitarist Tony Aguilar learned the necessary lessons from both. Central Valley-raised—where he grew up on country/western as much as rock & ... More >>