[¡Ask a Mexican!] And is the Mexican-American gang problem exaggerated?
Twenty years ago, Luis J. Rodriguez wrote Always Running, the legendary memoir chronicling his transformation from cholo to Chicano activist. Now the author of fifteen books is looking to transform the state of California with a grassroots bid for the Governor's office--because if Norman Mailer coul ... More >>
If it seemed like a stretch to charge Austin Jeffrey Farley with murder in the DUI collision death of 14-year-old Ashton Sweet of Irvine, it's a stretch that ultimately paid off for prosecutors. Pending an appeal, of course. Farley, 28, of Irvine, was convicted Monday of second-degree murder, drivin ... More >>
Las Cafeteras, a seven-piece son jarocho inspired ensemble from East Los Angeles, are beaming after the release of their latest music video "Luna Lovers." Our sister blog over at the LA Weekly had the honors of exclusively premiering the social media exploding effort last Thursday. The song is the s ... More >>
See the update on page 2 with the Costa Mesa City Council approving privatization of the city jail and the city workers union finding the Weekly's coverage of last night's vote lacking.ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 4, 1:05 P.M.: Those concerned about keeping their jobs at the Costa Mesa city jail have a full ... More >>
A couple of weeks ago, I spoke at Tia Chucha's Cafe in Sylmar, this chingón Chicano bookstore. It's made possible thanks to the largess of legendary author Luis J. Rodriguez, author of Always Running and other great works of fiction and non-fiction. Awesome, inspirational community space--if I ever ... More >>
As Santa Ana celebrated Dia de los Muertos, Libreria Martinez hosted author Luis Rodriguez. Rodriguez, of course, is best known for the 1993 memoir of gang life, Always Running: La Vida Loca Gang Days in L.A., which discusses his early years of living in East Los Angeles as a gang member. Having ... More >>
As the Occupy OC movement began their rally on Saturday afternoon from SanTana's Santora Building, the legendary Libreria Martinez across the street hosted author Victor Villaseñor. The small store was close to capacity--about 150 people--and as soon as Villaseñor entered the room, the large cr ... More >>
Still can't buy classVeteran Orange County Register investigative reporter Tony Saavedra provided the day's most outrageous news.And it has to do with the disturbing notion that crime actually pays.Especially if you've been a crooked sheriff.
Saddleback HighRemember the Alonso Manuel Gonzalez case? The teacher's aide at Saddleback High School in SanTana who molested a special-ed student in late 2008, a molestation that administrators tried to cover up? The pervert who pleaded guilty to child abuse and endangerment in 2009? Turns out t ... More >>
The great telenovela that is the Orange Juice! blog (the Weekly's Best Blog for 2007) continues. A week after the SanTana city council booted Juicer Thomas Gordon from a gang commission, and colleagues Art Pedroza and Luis Rodriguez resigned in protest, longtime SanTana activist Sean Mill returned t ... More >>
What do Mike Carona and Rudy Giuliani have in common? Ties to former cocaine smuggler Florida billionaire Hank Asher, reports ABC News: Asher, aka H.A. in the indictment, allegedly gave Carona's wife (and former Assistant Sheriff George Jaramillo's wife) a $15,000 diamond-studded gold Cartier watch ... More >>
Jeffrey Ray Nielsen, a former Washington, D.C. aide to Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (pictured) and OC GOP boss Scott Baugh, was charged Thursday with 10 additional felonies in a second man-boy sex case, according to court records obtained by the Weekly. Nielsen already faces pedophile-related charg ... More >>
Mike the Poet takes Polaroids
Writer Luis Rodriguez has a way of...
Traversing the countys Italian-South American trattorias