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

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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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CopWatch Santa Ana
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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Tom Leykis Show page
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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Photo from the OC Weekly archives
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 it...as 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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Gustavo's Latest KCRW "Orange County Line": On How Undocumented Activists Are Fighting OC Law Enforcement!

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Photo by Gabriel San Blogman, I believe
Undocumented activists raising desmadre
Yesterday, the Orange County Sheriff's Deparment announced it was ending all immigration holds. This came just a day after I devoted my "Orange County Line" commentary on KCRW-FM 89.9 to how undocumented activists had declared war on the Orange County Probation Department over what they say is the illegal referral of too many undocumented youth to la migra. Am I a prophet, or a lunatic? The answer, of course, is neither: I'm a pendejo! Anyhoo...

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VIDEO: ¡Ask a Mexican! on Whether It's Homophobic to Chanto "Puto!" During Soccer Matches

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Mexico is having a hell of a FIFA World Cup...and of course, something comes along to fuck it up. In this case, it's Mexican soccer fans, who just love to chant "¡Puto!" ("Faggot!") during a soccer match. In this week's video version of my ¡Ask a Mexican! column, I tackle the subject as if it were the fresa face of Chicharito.

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VIDEO: ¡Ask a Mexican! on Why Mexicans Swim With Their Clothes On

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Photo by Sarah Bennett
Mexicans invading the beach!
As I've written many times before, the most-asked question in ¡Ask a Mexican! history has been why Mexicans swim with their clothes on. Instead of offering a ponderous answer in the video version of my columna, I decided to go short--and incredibly graphic.

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VIDEO: ¡Ask a Mexican! on Why Mexicans in the U.S. Root for Mexico's Soccer Team

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From a pirata in Tepito
Have fun!
The eternal Mexican love for Mexico's soccer team, even when they're three generations into assimilation in the United States, makes gabachos even crazier than they usually are. Back in 2002, I wrote an op-ed about the subject for Pacific News Service, and the question inevitably floods my inbox every time the FIFA World Cup is staged. And since it's 2014 and the World Cup starts next week, here you go.

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The Texts of Gustavo's OCC Hall of Fame Induction Speech and Fullerton College Commencement Address!

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Photo by The Mexican
Medal made by a 3D printer--GANGSTA!
Hello, I am speaking from the days of future past or some sort of convoluted shit. Just a couple of minutes ago (or in a couple of minutes), I gave the commencement speech at Fullerton College for its 100th anniversary. On Wednesday, I was also inducted into the Orange Coast College Alumni Hall of Fame. As is my tradition whenever I give speeches, below is the prepared text of each, starting with the OCC one. Unlike real life, I usually don't veer into random wackiness when giving prepared speeches, but do reserve the right. Enjoy!

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