Anaheim played host to an immigration town hall last Friday night hosted by a number of reform advocacy groups. It was there that Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez did the previously unspeakable by uttering sweet Aztlanista words into the mic. Before a packed crowd at the Betsy Ross Elementary School au ... More >>
Last Sunday, Adrian Carrasquillo of Buzzfeed ran an interesting story about how DREAMers are asking the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to ask Obama to start halting deportations. The story goes on to show that some members have signed onto a promise to ask Obama to do such; others haven't yet respond ... More >>
The party's over for Republicans in Orange County and California
Election Day dispatches from around the county
Divisions within the immigrant rights movement are nothing new. Mega marchas in Los Angeles became fragmented over the years with different organizations and coalitions having demonstrations at different times and places. Here too in SanTana, May Day rallies have succumbed to the same dynamic. Who's ... More >>
I make it a point to read any articles about Orange County written by the national and international press, mostly for the shits and giggles that happen when they're woefully uninformed. So you can imagine the gut-laugh fest I had this morning when reading a piece about SanTana by the usually excell ... More >>
One in an occasional series on the county's craziest political races...and while we don't endorse candidates, we can sure as hell tell you who's more pendejo than others!Good ol' SanTana, the city that proved having Latinos running the city doesn't improve corruption, the place where progress is hav ... More >>
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez has done many dumb things in her 16 years representing the wabs of OC. There was her refusal to co-sponsor the DREAM Act, the 2010 slamming of Vietnamese on Univisión, the rambling speech she gave to Pomona College students a couple of years back...the list can go on a ... More >>
The law aimed at allowing grown children to enter colleges and the U.S. military even though they were brought into this country quite young--and illegally--is famously called the DREAM Act. Perhaps someone should draft the NIGHTMARE Act, as a nightmare is what young U.S. citizens face as they are d ... More >>
This is Gabriel San Roman with your morning traffic report: Activists with the Orange County DREAM Team and ACLAMO have dropped three banners along the 5 freeway in Anaheim, Santa Ana and San Juan Capistrano at different rush hour times between 6-10 a.m. The coordinated effort is part of the 'Right ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And will Mexicans support Marco Rubio?
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Plus, what's some good Mexican sci-fi?
"What is government if words have no meaning?"
For our recent look back at 2011 via Navel Gazing posts, we added what it was we learned from the news items. Shall we see how long we can keep the string going in 2012?Glad you agree. Feel free to add your own items and what you think we learned from them in the comments. Until then . . .
Ed Carrasco John Kobylt, left, and Ken Chiampou As they stood a few hundred yards from Fullerton City Hall this afternoon, outspoken radio hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou weren't shy about their disdain for three local politicians -- Mayor F. Richard Jones, Mayor Pro Tem Don Bankhead and Counc ... More >>
[BEST OF 2011: GAME ON!] Organizers With the Orange County Dream Team
Sanchez: Always ready for battleMan, it's always a hoot reading the premature obituaries written about Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-Took Two Dead Girls to Make Her Sponsor the DREAM Act) over the past 15 years, and the latest batch is already starting today with the release of draft maps show ... More >>
There are a lot of local angles to tie in this week's Pulitzer Prize victory by Los Angeles Times reporters Ruben Vives and Jeff Gottlieb for their coverage of the City of Bell Scandal. You have the man they took down, Robert Rizzo, being a resident of Huntington Beach, and that Gottlieb used to ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And should the United States deny birthright citizenship?
Looking back at 2010 on our news blog, one Top 10 List at a time
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And the hardworking Mexicans and their lazy kids
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And do Mexicans care about mistranslations?
Anti-immigrant think tanks are aiming their dubious statistics at the 14th Amendment
Okay, coverage of my debate last night with arch-Know Nothing Tom Tancredo has officially reached overload--hey, Weeklings: aren't there skinheads that you can go after instead of writing about me?--but you might as well hear my side.I met Tancredo and Westword editor Patty Calhoun across the str ... More >>
Should we credit/blame Latino voters for Jerry Brown returning to the governor's office, Barbara Boxer remaining in the U.S. Senate and Democrats not only holding the nation's upper house but picking up a seat in the California Assembly? Latino advocacy groups think so.
Whenever it's time to fill my ballot, I usually like to sprinkle my votes to the Green and Libertarian parties (with an occasional nod to the Peace and Freedom freaks)--usually because the politics of those two groups better fit my personal stances, but also because I refuse to vote for any OC-ba ... More >>
Meg Whitman can down all the tequila shots with vendidos that she wants, but the fact is that the Republican gubernatorial candidate's name is mud with most any Latino voter in California. Her alliance with former California governor Pete Wilson might've played well with the CCIR crowd but antago ... More >>
I have trashed Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez mucho over the years, and will continue to do so, as I find her ineffective, too obsessed with her skin color, and hardly the liberal--let alone progressive--that her apostles make her out to be while trashing DREAM Act students. But Loretta is at leas ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] South of the border Mormons redux
It's a felony, sure, but in the absence of real immigration reform, some young, assimilated illegal immigrants see it as their best path to citizenship
You know the sign at right, created in the 1980s by a Caltrans worker after a rash of illegal immigrant deaths on freeways, committing the very act the black-on-bright-yellow icon depicts. It's legendary enough nowadays--especially in the borderlands--to have inspired many parodies, not all of th ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] You might not be a pinche racist if . . .
This is Gustavo, writing from the past. I've scheduled this post to go live at 6:30 p.m, probably just a couple of minutes after I gave this speech at UCLA commencement ceremony. These are my prepared remarks--I'm not planning to stray from them unless some people not happy with me say something. ... More >>
Tomorrow, I will drive to my alma mater, UCLA, to give the school's commencement speech, a subject I've written about way too much already. Really, the person you should pay attention to is the student commencement speaker, as she's one of our own: Flavia de la Fuente of Irvine.
Sanchez: Having to battle college students in addition to idiot Republicans...Oh, happy Saturday! Members of the Orange County Dream Team, a coalition of undocumented college students and their supporters trying to get the DREAM Act passed (which would create a pathway for citizenship for Dreamer ... More >>
From left: Felix, Tran, and RamosThe Weekly was unable to attend the memorial service held yesterday at UCLA in honor of Garden Grove resident Tam Tran and Los Angeles resident Cinthya Felix, two graduates of the school who long advocated on behalf of their fellow undocumented college students an ... More >>
Tran and FelixTam Ngoc Tran was everything an illegal immigrant isn't supposed to be: non-Mexican. College-educated--scratch that, a college graduate. Fully assimilated. A contributor to this country rather than a leech. American.She was among the country's more prominent undocumented college stu ... More >>
Sanchez: Laughing all the way to the bank...Yesterday's announcement by Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-Won't Co-Sponsor DREAM Act) took about as much political courage as affixing a flag pin to her outfit. She is honoring a request by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Empl ... More >>
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