VIDEO: ¡Ask a Mexican! On Why Mexicans Should Care About Michael Brown and Ferguson

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Lalo's legendary take on the 2007 Macarthur Park cop riots against peaceful Mexis

Marches in solidarity with Michael Brown and Ferguson have happened and will happen in Orange County--but so has the nasty backlash against such people, as evidenced by some of our readers, and some of my readers over on my ¡Ask a Mexican! Facebook page. The vitriol was such, in fact, that I decided to drop my lame humor in this week's ¡Ask a Mexican! video and give a big ol' chanclazo to the haters.

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Gustavo's Latest KCRW "OC Line": On the OC Supes Rejecting a Local Ethics Committee

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From the OC Weekly Museum
Hey, Todd: Why ya scared about an ethics commission?

One of the funniest scorched-earth campaigns I've witnessed in my years at this infernal rag is the Board of Supervisors versus longtime campaign-finance watchdog Shirley Grindle. Who on earth could hate someone who follows the money on who's giving what to which douchebag? EVERYONE!

It's this hatred that led the supes to push Measure E, a November initiative for which too many of you voted. It effectively neutered any chance of OC ever having a local ethics committee to replace Grindle when she eventually goes to the Big File Cabinet in the Sky, giving investigatory powers instead to the ox that is the California Fair Political Practices Committee. This was the subject of my KCRW-FM 89.9 commentary this past Monday.

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VIDEO: ¡Ask a Mexican! On Why Mexicans and Salvadorans Hate Each Other

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One of the first articles I ever did for this infernal rag was a review of a Salvadoran restaurant that no longer exists. Although I heaped nothing but praise on the place, the owner never got around to hanging the piece on their wall, mostly because it was a rumination on why Mexicans and Salvadorans hated each other, starring myself, a Salvadoran friend, and the vicious insults we hurled at each other over pupusas and horchata.

Flash-forward 13 years later, and the beef between Salvis and Mexis hasn't stopped--nor will it ever. This is the focus of my latest ¡Ask a Mexican! video.

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VIDEO: ¡Ask a Mexican! On Whether Saying "Los Doyers" is Racist!

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Two famous Doyers

Tonight, the Los Angeles Dodgers are going to face off against the St. Louis Cardinals, with their National League Divisional Series tied at 1-1. But the big news in Dodgers land was a laughable column written by a columnist for the Torrance Daily Breeze, arguing that saying "los Doyers" is racist. "Los Doyers," of course, is by now as much a part of Southern California lingo as the Orange Crush and Fontucky--but for this guy, it's raaaaacist.

His argument is here; by rebuttal comes in the following video, the latest in my ¡Ask a Mexican! series of rants.

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VIDEO: ¡Ask a Mexican! On the Difference Between "Hispanic," "Latino," and "Chicano"!

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The greatest sticker since Calvin pissing on "La Migra"...

After a summer spent getting married, going on vacation, preparing an epic Best Of and readying some bombs of stories, my ¡Ask a Mexican! video series is BACK. This week, I tackle the eternal question of what the hell to call us invaders--Hispanic? Latino? Chicano? The ever-mysterious Xicano? Or, as the late, evil Barbara Coe would say, illegal alien savages?

Answer? All of the above!

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Gustavo's Latest KCRW "Orange County Line": On the Santa Ana River's Renaissance!

Ol'...Concrete-y or something

Last month, I tasked OC Weekly theater critic Joel Beers with the seemingly impossible: write a cover story on the Santa Ana River, except do it in the style of Thoreau's A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers. And, by Jove, the bastard did it, penning a beautiful ode to the waterway, from its source all the way to its mouth.

His piece was so good that I decided to make it the focus of my KCRW-FM 89.9 commentary yesterday.

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Gustavo's Latest KCRW "Orange County Line": On the Gang Injunction Battle in Santa Ana's Townsend Street!

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SanTana's finest

The summer has been especially hot in the Townsend Street neighborhood in SanTana, where the Orange County District Attorney's office is trying to fully implement a gang injunction. Nevermind that residents in the area don't want it. Nevermind that DA Tony Rackauckas usually overreaches on such efforts, leading to court decisions against him. There's cholos in dem dere apartments, so send in the cavalry!

The fight between activists and the DA/police is the subject of my KCRW-FM 89.9's "Orange County Line" this week.

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Gustavo on The Tom Leykis Show THIS WEDNESDAY for Monthly ¡Ask a Mexican! Segment

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Take me out Kobe style!
If it's the last Wednesday of the month, it means that it's time for me to trek up to Burbank and spend the afternoon with Tom Leykis. Lemme explain how it goes, as it's now part of the show's tradition. The first hour (starting at 3 p.m. PST) is devoted to Tom and I shooting the shit, on conversations that can go ANYWHERE.

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Gustavo's Latest KCRW "Orange County Line": On Irvine's Deposition Derby!

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Larry the Leech!

I think the only good thing to come out of the Great Park is the proposal to reopen Wild Rivers there. Everything else has been one giant mess of accusations, counter-accusations, counter-counter accusations, and a bunch of money being blown on...a giant balloon?

Now, of course, as Mox detailed last week, depositions are emerging from an audit commissioned by the current Irvine city council, depositions that the previous Irvine council majority under Larry Agran say are politically motivated because nothing he ever did was politically motivated. This mess of a mess was the subject of my latest KCRW-FM 89.9 "Orange County Line" commentary this past Monday.

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Gustavo's Latest KCRW "Orange County Line": On Costa Mesa's Effort to Criminalize Public Comments!

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Righeimer: Don't criticize me!
I've said this before, and I'll say it again: Man, we really should be paying attention to Costa Mesa politics. Between the scandal that was the city's 60th anniversary party, the lawsuit by Mayor Jim Righeimer against Costa Mesa cops for messing around with him, to the Left's embrace of wackjob conservative Wendy Leece just because she's pro-union, it's almost as much of a wreck as Anacrime. We'll get to soon as we get another staffer, which'll probably happen once digital goes away.

In the meanwhile, we'll find our spot, like here: My weekly "Orange County Line" commentary for KCRW-FM 89.9 yesterday focused on the insane attempt by Righeimer to quash public comments.

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