Mirror, mirror, on the wall, which are most and least LGBT-friendly Orange County cities of them all? Well, the Human Rights Campaign--or HRC, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization--did not rank all 34 of OC's incorporated cities, just seven, and base ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And is a Mexican mosh pit different from an American one?
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And is a Mexican-dominated American future a good one?
And the hit parade just keeps on coming for my "Gustavo's Awesome Lecture Series!" After packed rooms for author Hector Tobar and USC sociology professor Jody Agius Vallejo in January and February, respectively, I predict next Thursday might be the biggest one of the season because of the topic: a p ... More >>
I first met USC professor Jody Agius Vallejo probably around 2007 or 2008, when she sent me an email pointing out that my ¡Ask a Mexican! column focused too much on poor and crazy Mexicans and not at all about middle-class Mexis. How DARE some academic criticize my columna! But she came in peace, a ... More >>
One of my favorite parts of 2011 was the inauguration of "Gustavo's Awesome Lecture Series!" in which I did my best Dick Cavett impersonation while interviewing authors, intellectuals, and other general awesome people at the Fullerton Public Library, under the auspices of the Cal State Fullerton Dep ... More >>
Late last month, I had the honor of rambling in front of the sociology class of USC professor Jody Agius Vallejo, the Placentia native and Dana Point resident who's making waves in academia with her study of non-cholo, non-dropout Mexis via her excellent book Barrios to Burbs: The Making of the Mexi ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Special Navidad-Gift-Guide Edition: A list on the Mexican's favorite books this year
Tomorrow, our cover story will be one penned by yours truly, on the new ownership of the Orange County Register and whether their crazy plan to build up, not perpetually lay off, can both save Orange County's daily of record (and hilarious haters!) and journalism in the process. New owner Aaron Kush ... More >>
[Best Of 2012] The author of 'Barrios to Burbs: The Making of the Mexican-American Middle Class' on her favorite things about Orange County
I about nearly spit out my Maker's the other day when I opened my Facebook page and saw the picture to the right. That's my friend Jody Agius Vallejo, OC girl done good and a pioneering sociologist over at the University of Southern California, where she's gone where no sociologist has gone befor ... More >>
A Santa Ana woman, who pleaded guilty to a manslaughter count last month for slicing her husband to death after a 2010 Easter party fight, was sentenced today to seven years in state prison.A sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon had also previously been found true for 3 ... More >>
A Santa Ana woman who sliced her husband to death after an Easter party fight pleaded guilty today to manslaughter.Janeth Hernandez, 30, could be sentenced up to 12 years in state prison at a scheduled Oct. 14 hearing in Santa Ana after being convicted on one felony count of manslaughter and a ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why aren't more Mexis part of the middle class?
James Franco's latest offers dirty jokes for the D&D crowd
Santiago VallejoYesterday, Edwin posted about the closure of Mariscos Puerto Esperanza, the Mexican seafood place in Orange so beloved of the food cognoscenti.I caught up with Santiago Vallejo, the owner and chef, by e-mail and asked him what the story was behind the closure, and whether he had a ... More >>
UPDATE: The Oange County District Attorney's Office reveals the charges against the accused (details below) . . . View Larger MapUPDATED THROUGHOUT: The Orange County District Attorney's Office filed charges today against Janeth Hernandez, the 29-year-old Santa Ana woman accused of stabbing her husb ... More >>
Good independent cafés are few and far between, so I count myself lucky that one of them, Javatinis, is right on my doorstep. Admittedly, the setting isn't the nicest, set in a lackluster strip mall on what feels like the edge of the world. The drinks list is familiar (including frozen drinks with ... More >>
More than three decades on, Sly & the Family Stone stand fresh
If you don't stuff your pants pockets with flammable items, you probably assume you may safely drop off to sleep without awaking to find your pants on fire. Luis Picaso of Vallejo must have. The San Francisco Chronicle recounts what happened next. Luis Picaso, 59, was apparently sleeping on a whit ... More >>
Rin Tanaka's My Freedamn! 3 spotlights vintage car-club jackets, Powell Peralta tees
Alison M. Rosen confesses her love of Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light
The innocent genius of Lo-Fi Champion