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Do You Have a Proposition 187 Story? Gustavo Wants to Talk to YOU!

25 years ago, California saw one of its most rancorous political campaigns unfold with Proposition 187. The 1994 ballot measure -- drafted by former INS officials, Orange County suburbanites, and politicians -- sought to deny...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto LXXII: Pool Daze

Gentle cabrones: It’s peak summer right now, which means everyone’s on vacation, judging by the out-of-office replies I got last time I sent out a canto. Hell, I’m guilty of this too – I didn’t...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto LXXI: Those Happy, Humiliating Little League Years

Gentle cabrones: The clearing of my late mami's garage is ongoing. But the first artifact that moved me to something approaching nostalgia, a sentiment I despise, was actually in our living room all along. My mother...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto LXX: Articles in the Wind

Gentle cabrones: So I was in my backyard reaping the tomato avalanche that we hatched in our garden this summer – been averaging 10 pounds per daily harvest for the past three weeks, and we...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto LXIX: A Quick One, While I’m Away

Gentle cabrones: OK, I'm not really away. But I might as well be. I'm doing one wacky story, in the middle of a big one, and on the cusp of a huge one for the Los...

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The Central Valley Is the Heart and Soul of California

A dispatch from Highway 99 and the underappreciated wonderland of Mexican food that stretches from Bakersfield to Sacramento

Chevy’s Traverse is for Mexicans who don’t need a huge-ass Suburban but still want...

It’s so much better than some rinky dink RAV4 or whatever the hell Toyota makes nowadays (I still stick to the Mexican credo that you buy Japanese cars and American SUVs and trucks).