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Canto XXXIII: 5 Songs to Mark One Year Since I Left My Dream Job...

Gentle cabrones: One year. I've been thinking of how to write this particular canto for weeks, and figured a music listicle was the best way to do it, namely because music has always played a big...

In Pico Rivera, Ethnic Studies Faces A Reckoning About How “Radical” It Can Be

In 2014, trustees with the El Rancho Unified School District–located within the working-class city of Pico Rivera—passed a resolution that made ethnic studies a high school graduation requirement. It became the first district in...

Canto XXXII: Denver, the Mile High DESMADRE

Gentle cabrones: I never gave a second thought to Denver before I became a reporter—really, why bother? There was John Elway and John Denver and that wannabe Pulp Fiction mid-1990s film Things to do in...

Canto XXXI: Eulogy for Ernest Miller, Quiet Genius of Southern California’s Food Scene

Gentle cabrones: I knew that my inaugural #TortillaTournament for KCRW would be successful the moment I pulled into the Los Angeles River Center & Gardens parking lot on September 16. It wasn't my cockiness, my...

Canto XXX: You Can’t Go Casa Again

Gentle cabrones: First off, apologies for the delay in my canto. I usually send Saturday morning, but I reserve the right for a Sunday morning missive, too! Something came up—mainly my wife got super-slammed at...

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