Gustavo Arellano

Gustavo Arellano
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Orange County Line

The strange case of Santa Ana’s district elections

My latest KCRW “Orange County Line” commentary tackles the eternal headache that is SanTana politics.

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto XIX: Keep the Faith

Greetings from Chicago, where the temperature is not triple digits like my Southern California homeland – in fact, it's a little bit chilly. I've...

How Parents Across the United States Are Talking About Family Separation at the Dinner...

More than breakfast or lunch — almost always rushed affairs where conversations lean toward the superficial or mundane — dinner is what anchors families as a unit and as individuals. It's when they reunite to share what's going on with them, what they've learned over the past 12 hours; it's a time to feel comfort before bed, but also to gather strength for the following day.

The Happiest Place on Earth is facing a voter revolt over its poverty wages...

Californians have been slow to recognize that the oversized effect of such conglomerates isn’t purely positive. But they are coming around. Look no further than Anaheim, home to the ultimate business Big Daddy: Disneyland.
Orange County Line

Influential political consultant Arnold Forde passes away

My latest KCRW-FM 89. “Orange County Line” commentary tackles an influential person in OC politics.

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto XVIII: The Pen is Mighter than Murderous Lunatics

Gentle cabrones: Every couple of weeks when I was editor of OC Weekly, I'd play out in my mind what I would do the day...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto XVII: You Gotta Give Them Hope

Gentle cabrones: Today is OC Pride, which means members of Queer Traffic spent last night rearranging my wife's store to have a LGBTQ dance brunch...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto XVI: Life and Death in the Garden of Gus*

Gentle cabrones: Gardening is in my veins. Both of my grandpas were farmers in the ranchos of Jerez, Zacatecas. My dad helped mi Pepe plant...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto XV: Don’t Suffer in Silence

Gentle cabrones: This past week, I went to my other alma mater—UCLA—to lecture at the humor class of Chicano Studies professor Otto Santa Ana. He's...

Why Americans should root for Mexico this World Cup

The reasons are simple: Mexicans on both sides of the border like winners (how American of us, right?), and Mexico has historically dominated the U.S. in soccer. And this World Cup, Mexico is in and the U.S. isn't -- for the first time since 1986.