VIDEO: ¡Ask a Mexican! on Whether Mexicans Should Move to the South

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Welcome to Mexington!

If I seemed more quiet than usual last week, it was because I was traveling through Kentucky for a oral history project (leave it to me to work during my vacations). Sorry not sorry to say this, Know Nothings, but there's now a chingo of Mexicans in the South--and more are on the way. That's the topic of the video version of my ¡Ask a Mexican! column this week.


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Gustavo's Latest KCRW "OC Line": On Bao Nguyen's Stance Against Little Saigon's Status Quo!

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Mayor Nguyen making waves

Anyone who knows anything about Little Saigon politics knows the routine: someone brings up something condemning anything remotely related to the commie Republic of Vietnam, and every politician follows forth praising refugees and freedom and damning the Reds--never mind that trade between Little Saigon and Vietnam goes into the hundreds of millions annually. Leading the way, of course, are Vietnamese politicians, who know any deviation from this script will result in angry protests and retribution at the ballot box.

Enter Bao Nguyen, new mayor of Garden Grove. As we wrote last week, Nguyen refused to sign a letter condemning Riverside for agreeing to enter into a sister city partnership with a Vietnamese city, leading to threats of a recall. This is what I talked about this week in my weekly KCRW "Orange County Line" commentary.


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Gustavo's Latest KCRW "OC Line": On Anaheim, Santa Ana's Different Approaches to Pot Dispensaries!

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You must be Ana-High!

This infernal rag has long documented the fight for medicinal marijuana, going back to the heady Prop. 215 days (when publishing a photo of a guy smoking a reefer still offended folks) to today, when Anaheim hosts the Kush Expo while cracking down on small dispensaries while SanTana instituted raids...until they didn't, and instead issued a lottery so only a couple of people could sell in the city. The double approaches is the topic of my KCRW "Orange County Line" this week.


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VIDEO: ¡Ask a Mexican! on Why Mexicans Don't Vote

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Be careful with us Mexis, Dems and GOP, or we'll burn ya

THE political story of the young year so far has been how Andrew Do presumptively beat Lou Correa in the First Supervisorial District special election last month. Now comes the second-guessing, all focusing on why Latino voters didn't come out in droves to elect their savior Lou--and, really, if you read that sentence again sloooooowly, you'll understand why Mexicans didn't vote in this particular instance. But in general? That's where we need to consult the trusty ol' ¡Ask a Mexican! hat. I might have more on Correa's epic loss, depending on how many more articles I need to write to impress our future owners...HA!


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Gustavo's Latest KCRW "OC Line": On the Little Saigon Voting Machine!

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Don't do what Do does...
I'll have more thoughts on Andrew Do's presumptive victory over Lou Correa in the First Supervisorial District special election last week, specifically what it means to OC politics in general. But for this week's edition of my KCRW-FM 89.9's "Orange County Line," I decided to focus on how Vietnamese voters vote in Orange County, specifically in Little Saigon: often, early, and in such numbers that it leads to the easy wins of shady politicians like Do and his mentor (and former boss), State Senator Janet Nguyen.

As I explained to host Steve Chiotakis, the Little Saigon machine is almost overwhelmingly Republican, but has led to the election of Garden Grove Mayor Bao Nguyen. Bao also represents the future of Little Saigon politics as a 1.5-generation politician, part of a generation for whom communism is no longer the rallying cry it is for the elders. But that moment hasn't happened yet, so let's sit back and marvel at the Little Saigon machine--and laugh at the idiot local Democrats who have let this happen.

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VIDEO: ¡Ask a Mexican! on Who Mexicans Should Root for in the Super Bowl

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They should have some cholla silhouettes, too...

So this Sunday is Super Bowl XLIX, and even Mexicans are going to be watching the game--and I'm not talking the Oakland Raiders/San Diego Chargers kind. There's going to be actual Mexicans watching the game--raza, paisas, wabs, whatever you want to call them. And many of them won't have any allegiance to the Seattle Seahawks or New England Patriots--so who should they root for?

That's where this handy-dandy video comes in, explaining who's who, why Bill Bellichek is the devil, and even working in a Tony Romo insult for good measure.


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Who Wants to Buy OC Weekly? 'Cause We're For Sale!

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Insert metaphor here...

The headline up there kinda tells you the whole tale, right? The press release below tells you the rest of the story.

On my end, anyone interested in buying this rag gets a motivated band of misfits, almost all of us OC natives loving to tell the best and worst of a land with 3 million souls. We've been comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable for nearly 20 years, and we plan to do so no matter who may be our eventual papi or mami.

Now comes the parlor game: what local mogul should buy us? Henry Samueli? Kobe Bryant? That youngster that created Oculus Rift? T. Jefferson Parker? PLEASE not Don Bren...HA!

The press release is below. We accept payment in pho, pesos, dollars and I THINK Bitcoin...


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Gustavo's Latest KCRW "OC Line": On Whether Loretta Sanchez Will Run for Senate!

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The TV! The TV!
Loretta, talking about terrorism

Anyone who knows anything about Orange County politics--and even those people who don't--know that Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez has always had dreams of running for the Senate. What got in her way, of course, were the battle axes in the way--Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer.

But with Boxer announcing recently that she won't run for reelection, there's an opening for Sanchez--one that she stands no chance of going through, as I explained in my latest KCRW-FM 89.9 "Orange County Line" commentary.


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Gustavo's Latest KCRW "OC Line": On the the Proposed Poseidon Desalination Plant, Part 2!

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What the sign says

About a year and a half ago, I devoted my "Orange County Line" commentary for KCRW on the proposed Poseidon Desalination Plant that had miraculously come back from the dead after getting offed a decade earlier. So much for effective journalism: last week, the Orange County Water District voted that it would buy up the water that any Poseidon water plant may make, clearing a hurdle for the controversial Connecticut-based company it needed before they go up against the Great Wall known as the California Coastal Commission.


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VIDEO: ¡Ask a Mexican! on Why Mexicans Overpronounce Spanish Words While Speaking English

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Like the cabrones say!

One of the most common questions I get from fellow reporters is why us Latino reporters like to over-pronounce Spanish words while doing our job in English--you know, like me always insisting on writing "Santa Ana" as SanTana, then telling annoyed hipsters that I'm writing it just like how the natives pronounce it. It's such an old question that I answered it in my columna years ago--but since the old is new in this brave new video world (and since someone asked this question on Twitter), time to trot out this chestnut one more time.

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