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  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    It's True: Drug Cartels Plague Mexico's Avocado Industry, Are Probably in Your Guacamole

    Last week, a tiny, new online publication finally wrote what so many reporters knew for so long but never wanted to write: that Mexico's avocado industry, which provide Americans with nearly 70 percent of the fruit's crop, is now plagued by the narcos. The scandal is especially big in Michoacán, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    Awesome Historical Orange County-Needs-Cheap-Mexican-Labor Quote of the Week!

    "In the matter of picking citrus fruits, the writer has tried repeatedly to use white men and Japanese. Our experience shows us that the white man does not like the tedious routine work of picking and will promptly leave this for any other job available, even at smaller wages. The Mexican, by nature ... More >>

  • Film

    September 13, 2012

    After the Storm: 'I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful'

    Jonathan Demme's new doc showcases post-Katrina resilience

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Web Extra: Summer Guide Infographic--The Last Orange Groves in Orange County

    ​Orange County residents have bemoaned the encroachment of suburbia and loss of our orange groves for decades. In 1963's Historical Volume and Reference Works: Including Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens, a three-volume compendium of Orange County history, author Mildred Yorba MacArthur--s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    The Wars against Choc Finger, the World's Ultimate Chocolate Villain

    Flickr user zapstratosphere​The story of Anthony Ward is relatively known at this point--the British fund manager whose manipulation and domination of the world's cocoa bean market have earned him the nickname "Choc Finger." It's his thirst for cash that can drive up or crash cocoa prices, which i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Food Profiling: Strawberry Season At Tanaka Farms

    Ain't that a beaut?​Tanaka Farms' story begins with Takeo Tanaka, who came to the United States by way of Hiroshima, Japan, in the early 1900s. Takeo had a son, George, born and raised in the Northern California city of Dinuba. Not wanting to fight in Pearl Harbor, George fled to Utah, where he me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2008

    Funny Historical Quote of the Day...

    ...comes from Adelina Pleasants, author of 1931's History of Orange County California. In her entry on the county's citrus industry, Pleasants wondered whether "it is going to pay to replace all our fine walnut orchards with oranges." And you wonder why Orange Count historians are usually as respect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2007

    Orange County's Bad Sheriffs: A Brief History

    With the world going ga-ga about our federally indicted sheriff Mike Carona, what better time to take a trip back and revisit the county's more-jerkish sheriffs? Just a brief history, ma'am: THEO LACY (1891-1895; 1899-1911): Presided over the last lynching in Orange County history. LOGAN JACKSON ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2007

    Catching Mitt

    Hey parents! Want to pay a couple hundred smackers to bring the family out to meet a guy who has no hope of becoming president? And never mind that -- could anything be more appealing than a barbecue hosted by a guy who not only won't touch alcohol, but doesn't even approve of caffeine? That's righ ... More >>

  • News

    June 8, 2006

    Gunkist Oranges

    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

  • News

    September 2, 2004

    Agrans Tree People

    Somebodys going to get very rich on the Great Park

  • Film

    April 22, 2004

    I Agronomist, Journalist, Gadfly

    Jonathan Demme films Haitian crusader Jean Dominique

  • News

    October 17, 2002
  • Columns

    May 20, 1999