What began as an anti-police brutality march on Friday night turned into the latest chapter in downtown SanTana's gentrification wars--this time pitting Mexicans against Mexicans. There was no problem when about 50 protesters initially assembled at a plaza on the intersection of Fourth and French ... More >>
A graffiti mural splashed with color and the words Santa Ana looms from the rooftop over the courtyard between Fourth and French streets. In the left-hand corner of the piece, the artist tagged the phrase "East End"--the new name of the area known for decades as Fiesta Marketplace. The brick layered ... More >>
The Northern California-based chain's dishes are delicious, if a bit gentrified—which means it's perfect for Fashion Island
Ramiro Gomez Jr.'s army of Latino-laborer cutouts are now in Orange County
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And do Mexicans grovel to gabachos?
Photo by Carlos CorderoThe Don Papi in his latest conquered territory...UPDATE: For a group that's about to get booted from its space due to gentrifiers, members and friends of the Centro Cultural de México had a gay old time yesterday at their anti-gentrification protest during the SanTana Arti ... More >>
The renovated, revamped venue is ready for its grand reopening. So why aren't all of its downtown Santa Ana neighbors celebrating?
The nonprofit community center got a last-minute extension, but its supporters are still crying 'gentrification'
Updated, with new info on the bottom:For years, people have accused the artists in the SanTana Artist Village, that heavily subsidized attempt by Mayor Don Papi Pulido and others to bring "culture" into the city, of gentrifying the downtown. Now, some of those artists are accusing the city of fin ... More >>
Don Papi Pulido: Can't his peons keep their mouths shut?Just printed out the massive environmental impact report on SanTana's Transit Zoning Code, the euphemistic name for city staffer's supposed replacement for their controversial Renaissance Specific Plan, a replacement so laughable it'll forev ... More >>
Taco Man appreciates those who help his preparers... My cover story on Orange County loncheros sparked an outraged letter from Sean Mill, longtime SanTana activist, sometimes-blogger for the wonderfully libelous Orange Juice!, and current SanTana planning commissioner. What got his attentio ... More >>
Chris Ziegler reported for us back in October about Koo's returning to Santa Ana and taking over programming at the long-dormant Yost Theater, and now shows are beginning to pop up on the venue's schedule. It's a move that generated some degree of grousing--particularly around November's SoundDownto ... More >>
In my latest book, I devote a chapter to the many sins of the Orange County Republican Party but also hinted that they were finally evolving from the slimeball campaigns of the past when it came to scoring easy points off of demonizing Mexicans. Specifically, I pointed to the 2006 Tan Nguyen affair, ... More >>
The souring economy has closed two Orange County hole-in-the-wall favorites, is threatening a third, and changing a fourth. Closed for unknown reasons is Irie Jamaican Restaurant in Cypress, long the only local Jamaican restaurant. Shut down as a casualty of downtown Fullerton's continuing gentrific ... More >>
The Measure D gap has shrunk--a tiny amount, but shrunk. The No on Measure D crowd are getting more optimistic. They have no other choice. "We already saw the bulldozers driving up Flower Street," Orange Juice blogger Thomas Anthony Gordon cracks. I tell them to pray hard, or to at least move to Ana ... More >>
If there's one thing that Orange County Register editorial writer Steven Greenhut hates more than Sheriff Mike Carona, it's city-controlled urban planning, and he ripped SanTana officials a new one and then some yesterday in a piece blasting the city's much-ballyhooed Renaissance Specific Plan. Prop ... More >>
LA gentrifiers pay tribute to a community under siege
California Fair Political Practices Commission investigates Garden Grove mayor