Armando is my third interviewee of the night, the one I want to write about. Unlike some of the other deportees, he doesn't seem beaten down by his fate. He smiles a lot and exudes confidence. His black hair is pulled into a tight ponytail. He brings a lightness to our conversations that the others ... More >>
Bashing the extension of the Foothill-South Toll Road is sooooo hot right now. Yesterday, we reported on a California Parks Foundation poll that found 78 percent of Orange County voters oppose extending the 241. Today, we're dishing on a new report that ranks the toll road's initial Tesoro Extension ... More >>
This week marks the beginning of Hispanic Latino Chicano Brown People Heritage Month, a time where corporations outdo each other in pandering for pesos. We here at the Weeklyare not immune to such cheap points--hell, we pander all year! So in the spirit of that, behold a listicle celebrating taco hi ... More >>
California Gogi Korean Grill, the Chipotle-style Korean concept that opened in 2013 at University Center across from UCI, is now expanding to the parts of Irvine with fewer college students. The restaurant will go in between Panda Express and Yogurtland at the Irvine Marketplace. It will follow G ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] This Huntington Beach restaurant serves all the favorites of the islands
The children of parents who are incarcerated in the U.S. suffer significant health and behavioral problems, and in some cases these problems are worse than those experienced by kids dealing with divorce or a parent's death, according to a new UC Irvine study.
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And should everyone hate Murrieta?
It's kind of fun watching the United States fast food wars. The fast food customer base isn't getting any larger, so now for any of the big chains to grow, they literally have to steal customers from each other. We saw it a bit ago, with the reintroduction of the Big Carl, the Bonus jack, and every ... More >>
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pete Wilson and perhaps even George Deukmejian didn't really care if same-sex couples won the right to marry, not that they'd let their Republican base in on that before their first elections as California governors. So give Irvine's Neel Kashkari, the GOP nominee squaring off ... More >>
[Trendzilla] Brandon and Elaina Sowers transform their popular Facebook page into a clothing line
It not only takes longer for California students to attain community college degrees in the traditional two years and state university degrees in the normal four years, the system has created "a raft of expensive consequences for students and the state," according to two recent reports.
America is the greatest country in the world. Don't believe me? Then answer this: Where else can a person enjoy the sorts of freedoms we have here? You know what I'm talking about. Stuff like the ability to marry whomever you want, to ensure your tax dollars go where you want them to go, to have bro ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And would the U.S. government investing heavily in Mexico save the country?
This past week, I hosted ESPN's burrito correspondent, Anna Maria Barry Jester of the company's FiveThirtyEight data-mining site. We ate at Athenian Burgers #3 in Buena Park, which is a competitor in FiveThirtyEight's epic Burrito Bracket competition that seeks to find the greatest burrito in Americ ... More >>
Amy Ridenour, chair of the conservative National Center for Public Policy Research think tank, obviously is not a fan of President Barack Obama's commencement speech to UC Irvine graduates at Angels Stadium Saturday.
Days after the Costa Mesa City Council held the second of two public meetings required by state law of proposed charter cities, a San Diego-based nonprofit launched a website warning the public that it is among five or so California cities that risk becoming another Bell.
If there's anything that the Internet loves more than talking shit on America, it's following pointless trends and meme-blasting the hell out of them until they're just one more Bad Luck Brian, to be picked clean by 9Gag or Cheezburger. So, Por que no los dos? Case in point: International school l ... More >>
Hello wonderful readers! LP's gone for a bit, so you'll be dealing with me again. Now let's take a look at the week that was in food. This week's lead restaurant review takes Edwin down to deep South County to dine at Village Mediterranean Rim, one of the few restaurants in Orange County that serv ... More >>
The revelation from her party leader, President Barack Obama, that ending the war in Afghanistan will involve leaving about 10,000 U.S. troops there through 2016 does not sit well with Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove). "Our troops have been in Afghanistan for over 10 years," says the senior me ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Mexicans sometimes pretend not to know English even though they do?
Burritos have been on my mind as of recent, and not just because of the whole pendejada involving Chipotle putting short stories by authors on its cups and bags...none of whom are Latinos. I'm doing something with burritos that will come out...soon, and I think I'm going to have one tonight at 2 a.m ... More >>
If you haven't heard the news lately, Baja shellfish is making waves all over the United States, from cultivated Baja kumamoto oysters now being sold on both coasts of the U.S., Baja kumiai oysters showing up at the Hollywood Farmer's Market, and Santa Monica Seafood, and the recent and we ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And do Mexicans believe in vaccinations?
Green Technology Magazine, the e-magazine arm of a California nonprofit initiative that promotes sustainable green technologies for public and private leaders, bestowed a 2014 Green California Leadership Award to the city of Santa Ana for its transportation fleet. The city is the Facilities-Fleet-C ... More >>
Another dickwad has seriously injured a California brown pelican along our coastline, this time slitting one's jaw pouch with a sharp weapon. A $5,000 reward has been put up.
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And do Mexicans read Cervantes in the original Spanish?
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[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why won't Mexican men meet a gabacha's family?
With hot drinks and even hotter girls, Natalie Nguyen is trying to uncloak the area's most enduring mystery: Vietnamese coffee shops
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And do Mexicans suffer pathologies because they're Mexicans?
[Hole in the Wall] This Santa Ana eatery is the best OC place to explore this Mexican-food trend
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And is a Mexican-dominated American future a good one?
Tustin's new restaurant bakes traditional Czech pastries with fillings that are all-American
Over a decade ago, I wrote an op-ed piece for what was called Pacific News Service but is now New American Media bemoaning how pathetic the Latin Grammys were due to their lack of Mexican music. "The definers of Latin culture," I wrote then, "have decided that the most popular Latin music genre in t ... More >>
A diverse coalition of community-based, public health, science and conservation groups across the state launched a campaign this week to put 1 million more electric cars, trucks and buses on California roads within 10 years.
Do you suppose city and chamber officials would mind if "Welcome to Santa Ana" signs included in small tape "the fourth worst place in America to be a renter?" That dubious distinction comes from a study titled "Rental Bang for Your Buck," which names the five best and five worst U.S. cities for te ... More >>
From Garden Grove, the organization tried to bring down its former country's Communist regime. Instead, it gave American diplomats a giant headache
[Moxley Confidential] Wake up, OC! U.S. is not God's gift to humanity
While you will find no greater apologist for the American love affair with Mexican food, even I have my limits. While I understand language is a fluid thing, with the same viscosity as a big ol' bowl of queso, sometimes Americans go too far. While I understand gabachos don't speak Spanish as a first ... More >>
The folks who helped bring California its powerful Coastal Commission 41 years ago are featured in a documentary screening this evening at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point. The showing of Heroes of the Coast, which "tells the story of how a grassroots group of Californians organized to save the co ... More >>
For over 20 years The Prodigy have been a cornerstone of the electronic music world. At times serving as its heart, soul, backbone and balls, the outfit has become as celebrated for their standard-setting hyper-kinetic live show as well as infamous for their groundbreaking controversial videos. Whil ... More >>
The Silent River Film Festival runs Oct. 17-20 in Irvine, but Monday is the last day to buy discounted pre-sale tickets. Eighty-three films from 17 countries will be presented as part of founder and director Kalpna Singh-Chitnis's mission to bring "East and West" together and share "Cinema and Cause ... More >>
When Glenn Greenwald speaks in Orange County next month, he'll have more to talk about than the classified documents from Edward Snowden on the massive U.S. and British surveillance programs or the injustice of the Bradley Manning prosecution. It was revealed Saturday that Greenwald and fellow jour ... More >>