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Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CXXXVII: Long Letters from Readers, Vol. 1

Gentle cabrones: Every once in a while, I get a loooong letter from ustedes that I wonder what to do with. It's not that they're offensive, or that I can't answer them. It's that they're loooong--and I don't li...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CXXXVI: 20 Years a Reporter

Gentle cabrones: This Thanksgiving week will feature two ignominious anniversaries in the annals of Orange County journalism. One marks a year since the death of OC Weekly, the newspaper where I spent the majority...

The Mercaditos of Santa Ana Proudly Serve Their Barrios. Gentrification Threatens Them

This article was generously sponsored by the Aztlán Journalism Fund — gracias, anonymous donor! They’re woven among aging homes, apartment complexes and new development in SanTana’s oldest barrios. They go by diff...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CXXXV: Forgive, but Kinda Forget

Gentle cabrones: I couldn’t believe the email in my inbox that came a couple of weeks ago — an apology 16 years late.But an apology nevertheless. I’m not going to get into the specifics TOO much, because this pers...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CXXXIV: Facts Matter

Gentle cabrones: Gentle cabrones: I was walking back to my Yukon yesterday with a tray of raw cornbread mix when I heard someone yell “Gustavo Arellano!” Random strangers approach me sometimes to commend me for a ...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CXXIII: The Original Journalism YOUR Tacos Bought!

Gentle cabrones:As we all get ready for Election Tuesday and What's Next — and if you haven't voted yet but can, GO VOTE NOW — let's take a canto to see what tacos of positivity c...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CXXII: What the Trump 2016

Gentle cabrones: The first half of Election Day 2016 for me was a running argument with my art director. I was editor of OC Weekly then, of course, and we were preparing for...

The Fantasies of Ole Hanson, San Clemente’s Founding Father

On top of a bluff in San Clemente, the former mansion known as Casa Romantica stands as history, metaphor and a mirage. An Andalusian arch frames the front entrance. Whitewashe...

10 Great Songs About the States of Mexico

Gustavo note: This story was NOT funded by the generosity of readers like ustedes, but it IS is part ofn a weeklong series of original content for my website. Check in every day t...

In Oaxaca, Researchers Find Livestock Can Help — Not Hurt — Native Grasslands

Gustavo note: This story was funded by the generosity of readers like ustedes and is part ofn a weeklong series of original content for my website. Check in every day this week fo...

Heritage Barbecue in San Juan Capistrano, and the Art of the Wait

Gustavo note: This story was funded by the generosity of readers like ustedes and is part ofn a weeklong series of original content for my website. Check in every day this week fo...

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