Vince Sarmiento

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2014

    The Tres Pendejos: Adios to Larry Agran, Curt Pringle and Miguel Pulido

    In June 2004, the Orange County Register published an article that was simultaneously preposterous yet prophetic. It was a profile of three mayors--Curt Pringle of Anaheim, Miguel Pulido of Santa Ana, and Irvine's Larry Agran--who had become what reporter Jeff Rowe called "the most unusual of politi ... More >>

  • Food

    November 7, 2013

    El Pollo Norteño: Chicken Politicians

    [Hole In the Wall] This OC chain makes some of the best pollo asado around, bureaucrats be damned

  • News

    July 14, 2011

    El Centro Cultural de Someplace Else

    The nonprofit community center got a last-minute extension, but its supporters are still crying 'gentrification'

  • Music

    June 23, 2011

    El Centro Cultural de Mexico Faces Eviction

    [Mental Notes] Plus: Introducing the softer side of Rob Zombie, and NYC inmate says he shot Tupac

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    El Centro Cultural de Mexico Faces Eviction

    ​El Centro Cultural de Mexico, a long standing non-profit in the city of Santa Ana, faces eviction by mid-July. The award-winning organization has been housed for the past five years at the Knights of Pythias building on the corner of West Fifth Street and Broadway. The location had been one o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    Who Are the White People Helping Santa Ana Council Candidate Nam Pham Make Sure the Council isn't All-Mexican?

    Courtesy of the New Santa Ana blog​A curious ad appeared this week in the pages of the Viet Herald, the Little Saigon daily. SanTana City Council candidate Nam Pham, running against incumbent Sal Tinajero and possibly fake candidate Helen Martinez, asked for the support of the Herald's Vietnamese ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Orange County's Five Most Self-Loathing Mexicans

    ​Hispanic Heritage Month is nearly upon us, so what better time than to examine a very-OC* phenomenon: the Mexican who isn't Mexican! The person with un nopal en la frente who nevertheless trashes wabs, the brown version of Uncle Ruckus on the brilliant The Boondocks. La naranja has spawned some o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    Santa Ana Mayor-for-Life Miguel Pulido Uses Libreria Martinez Re-Opening to Babble about Himself

    Don Papi Pulido: A knight in his chessboard?​It's not uncommon for politicians to grandstand at any community event, but most of them make the token effort to relate their comments to the occasion at hand. That scenario happened again and again this Saturday, when secular saint Rueben Martinez re- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2009

    (UPDATED) Santa Ana's Grand Choo Choo Conspiracy Reaches End Game

    At least John Huston was a classy villain...​(*Updated, with new info on the bottom. Post originally published August 1...)At the end of the day yesterday--a Friday-- whoever's in charge of compiling the agenda for the SanTana City Council slipped the following item into the consent calendar: GO ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Disgraced Santa Ana Republican Congressman More Aztlanista than Loretta Sanchez!

    Busty: More liberal than Loretta?​Only in the Bizarro world that is Orange County Latino politics can you have a brownie Republican be more Aztlanista than a brownie Dem, yet that's what happened last week. In a symbolic resolution, the SanTana City Council expressed their support for the DREAM Ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2008

    Santa Ana Now Officially Run by Lazy Mexicans

    *Updated, with new information on the bottom... As the largest city in Orange County, SanTana needs a more-committed city council than, say, Laguna Niguel. Unfortunately, the county seat is cursed with buffoons, a veritable clowncil, to use the term of Orange Juice! bomb-thrower Art Pedroza. We've ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2008

    Hispanic Bar Association Hijinks!

    With apologies to Orange County Register sports genius Randy Youngman, notes, quotes and observations from yesterday's Orange County Hispanic Bar Association annual fundraising dinner: *Greeting the well-dressed, well-coiffed crowd as they drove toward the Westin South Coast Plaza hotel were about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2008

    Santa Ana Councilmembers: Mensches and Mensos

    Over the weekend, the Orange County Register reported that SanTana City bureaucrats have put their much-vaunted Renaissance Plan on hold after public outcry over its Big Hermano approach to redevelopment. But that's not the biggest news: reporter Doug Irving also revealed that councilmember Vince Sa ... More >>

  • News

    January 31, 2008

    Jerry, Be Wary

    AG Brown: Investigate Santa Ana Renaissance Plan's conflict-of-influenza, por favor

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2008

    Santa Ana Officials Redraw Renaissance Plan Boundaries Again

    Today, Los Angeles Times SanTana reporter Jennifer Delson delivers a bombshell of a story on the city's Renaissance Plan: not only did city officials redraw the Renaissance Plan boundaries to omit the family businesses of councilmember Vince Sarmiento and Mayor Papi Pulido (as we reported last month ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2008

    Will Papi Pulido and His Buddy Vince Vote on the RSP?

    A couple of weeks ago, we discussed the Renaissance Blob, the strange cutout in SanTana's Renaissance Specific Plan that conveniently excluded the family businesses of Mayor Miguel "What's my Nickname?" Pulido and councilmember Vince Sarmiento from its boundaries. SanTana planning commissioner Sean ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2008

    Santa Ana's Grand Choo Choo Conspiracy: The Carlos Bustamante Connection

    Final post in our Carlos Bustamante conflict-of-influenza series--for now... All this week we've focused on Carlos Bustamante, the SanTana councilmember who gladly takes money from people seeking something from the city, then votes favorably for his donors. Some readers have wondered about my focus ... More >>

  • News

    January 10, 2008

    The Renaissance Blob

    A guide to Santa Ana's ambitious, conflict-of-interest-y downtown-redevelopment plan

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2008

    Another Santa Ana Councilmember With Conflict - of - Influenza?

    *Updated, with new info on the bottom... Earlier, we discussed the developmental gerrymandering that seemingly allows SanTana mayor Miguel Pulido and councilmember Vince Sarmiento to vote on the city's Renaissance Specific Plan (RSP), the controversial project that seeks to "diversify" and "revital ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2007

    The Renaissance Blob in Santa Ana's Redevelopment Plan

    Today, a chingo of SanTana residents met at State Senator Lou Correa's office to discuss the Renaissance Specific Plan, which seeks to transform the city's downtown in a good (according to proponents) or gentrifying-Mexicans-outta-there (says opponents) way. I'm sure the other SanTana blogs--specifi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2007

    Renaissance Blob Didn't Always Exist

    Earlier today, we wrote about the Renaissance Blob, the strange drawing of boundaries in SanTana's Renaissance redevelopment plan that weaved around properties operated by the families of Mayor Miguel Pulido and councilmember Vince Sarmiento. In a comment, Liberal OC blogger/SanTana planning commiss ... More >>

  • Food

    September 27, 2007

    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life

    Your Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner