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 >>
This past Thursday, KPCC-FM 89.3's Take Two program aired a story I had already read before in its original incarnation down in San Diego, a report making the claim that the field of Chicano Studies is dying because students of Mexican heritage are no longer identifying themselves as Chicanos. Besid ... More >>
Some kids never learn...Elias, the Canyon High grad who came to school wearing house shoes, a sureño blue rag and a buttoned-at-the-collar shirt during June's infamous "Seniores and Señoritas" day is unrepentant about his actions, which include posing between two border patrol blondes faking arres ... More >>
Politicos beware: if you're ever caught glad-handing the Church of Scientology, one of its former members will pay you a visit at a public meeting and give you the verbal version of "Scientology for Dummies." Paulien Lombard, the former Scientologist who used to spy for church, is continuing her rel ... More >>
Let's play word association: Cesar Chavez. If you said "Scientology"...you win! Among the civic leaders at last weekend's grand opening of the church's Ideal Org in downtown Santa Ana, was Garden Grove Mayor William Dalton, who compared (according to a church news release) the work of Scientologi ... More >>
Oh, how we love to hate our public school teachers in Orange County, those indoctrinators of our young with radical ideas of feeling good about yourself, about learning about Cesar Chavez and Harvey Milk. Why can't it be like the good old days, goes conservative Orange County thought, those days whe ... More >>
Fourth and Birch Streets
UPDATE, APR. 1, 3:32 P.M.: The local Cesar Chavez Day celebration has been canceled according to organizers. ORIGINAL ITEM, MAR. 31, 2:40 P.M.: Cesar Chavez, the late labor leader of the United Farm Workers, would have turned 84 years old today had he not passed away in 1993. To mark the occasio ... More >>
Here at your favorite infernal rag, we have long criticized Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez for not having the, um, ovaries to support the DREAM Act, waiting until the tragic death of a DREAMer to co-sponsor the bill in Congress. Of course, we always hear it from Loretta apologists aghast that we c ... More >>
UNITE HERE Local 11 makes the most local news for its years-long dispute against the Disneyland hotels, but it represents other workers, too. And they just scored a symbolic victory for the workers they represent at the Long Beach versions of the Hyatt Regency and the Hilton.
www.myspace.com/onedayasalionZack de la Rocha's One Day As A Lion is joining the already-stellar line up of human rights activist Dolores Huerta's 80th birthday, at a benefit concert at the Greek Theatre tomorrow. One Day As A Lion, which takes all the energy of Rage Against ... More >>
Headline: Yorba Linda to vote on Arizona immigration law thocpersonality wrote: Mexicans add nothing to this country other than prison cells.. Fine- You can crank out some tasty hot sauces, but the way you ransack [and extort] your own communities and neighborhoods should leave you all in s ... More >>
Gustavo Arellano and his ¡Ask a Mexican! column was honored in the large ciculation category at last week's 2009 AltWeekly Awards presentation during the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies (AAN) convention in Tuscon, Arizona. Arellano received honorable mention in the "Column: circulation 50,0 ... More >>
I once flew to Fargo, which had the closest airport to the University of Minnesota-Morris, which is in the middle of nowhere but a very pleasant place (and how is it that THEY have a street named after Cesar Chavez but not SanTana?). On the drive away from the airport, I spotted a huge Mexican resta ... More >>
Well, almost. Had the OC prima donnas at Fashion Island in Newport Beach known what was going on under the big tent across the street at the Island Hotel this past weekend, they would have run for cover under their Beemers and Benzes. Mexicans. Puerto Ricans. Colombians. Guatemalans. Dominicans, Arg ... More >>
Child Left Behind"No, the courthouse was closed yesterday because of something called 'Senior Chavez Day' and I'm pissed. (Ten-second pause.) I don't know. I think it has something to do with old Mexicans."--Twenty-something caucasian female, who apparently escaped high school without knowing the ke ... More >>
You may recall Laguna Beach's Tim Leedom from his books about the evils of organized religion. Or his TV and film production work. Or his carrers as a college-football player and NFL scouting facilitator. Or his time in Hawaii's offices of power. Or his publishing companies. Leedom's lates ... More >>
UFW legend Dolores Huerta wonders why her old friends who run the St. Joseph's hospitals have turned on their own workers
If the nuns in charge of the St. Joseph Health System are so pro-labor,why are some of their employees determined to unionize?
"Does the bean dare call the beaner brown?"
The sisters who run St. Joseph Health System are often pro-labor—but apparently not at their hospitals
The great !Ask a Mexican! naming debate
How do Mexicans get such ridiculous nicknames from seemingly normal names?
What will destroy a historic Anaheim mural first: The sun, gentrification or immigration?
'The love that dare not speak its name except through the barrel of a gun'
Si, Se Pretty!
As if the once-proud United Farm Workers couldn't get any lamer (see tiny-ass picture below), along comes a UFW spring sale. "Sooner or later the march ends and you have to go home," goes their breathless pitch. "Bummer...but don't just sit there! You can still remember Cesar Chavez and support the ... More >>
There are few things lamer than Chicano yaktivists whining about negative coverage that shed light on sordid truths. It happened earlier this year when the Los Angeles Times published an epic four-part series on the once-proud United Farm Workers, an organization that went from the moral center of t ... More >>
'Nice Job Crapping All Over the Drummer, Bung-hole'
The United Farm Workers union, founded by the late Cesar Chavez, is firing back at the Los Angeles "By God" Times over last month's four-part series alleging all kinds of financial shenanigans and union ineffectiveness. But the UFW won't have that series' writer, Miriam Pawel, to kick around anymore ... More >>
The other day, while getting the website that mirrors your favorite OC alt.-weekly pub ready for ya'all, Clockworken noticed something interesting upon opening Gustavo Arellano's popular column !Ask a Mexican! (Special Cesar Chavez Edition). Along the top of the virtual page was a Google advertiseme ... More >>
Spotted for sale last night in one of those SanTana produce trucks the city's pocho City Council so hates was a Kellogg's Corn Flakes box with pictures of salsa legend Celia Cruz and Chicano labor icon Cesar Chavez. We figured it was pirateria, something as authentic as sidewalk CDs or swap meet Bar ... More >>
The year in Mexican-bashing
Your Story is probably BS
Thee Midniters never cared for ethnicityothers did
Mayor Pringle wasnt a racist then, and he aint Cesar Chavez now
GOP bailing out of congressional race against Sanchez