Gustavo's Latest KCRW "Orange County Line": On the Push for an OC Military Cemetery

As a proud UCLA alum, I always knew I was almost on campus whenever I'd pass the awe-inspiring Los Angeles National Cemetery near Westwood, especially come Memorial Day or Fourth of July weekend. It's a bit of cosmic irony, of course, that the muy muy liberal Westside has this ultimate testament to patriotism and the call of duty, while muy muy conservative Orange County has never had a vet's cemetery. That may change if Fullerton-area Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva's efforts to help military vets establish one in OC--probably at the Great Park--become successful, a push I talked about in my "Orange County Line" commentary this past Monday for KCRW-FM 89.9.

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

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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.

Hour Two is the ¡Ask a Mexican! hour, where I people's questions on Mexicans LIVE. And Hour Three? Even better: the weekly Wednesday wackfest known as "Be Funny!" where people can make any joke possible--the more offensive, the better.

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Gustavo's Latest KCRW "Orange County Line": On OC's Great CCW Permit Gun Rush!

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Believe it or not, this raging leftist is for gun rights--hey, how else are Mexicans supposed to take over Coto de Caza one day without the help of some Winchesters and Mossbergs? But I also know opportunism when I see it, so the recent rush by the OC Board of Supervisors to unanimously approve Sheriff Sandra Hutchens' request to spend over a million dollars to expedite concealed-carry weapons permits is cheap politics at best, a win-win-win for everyone involved that was probably the easiest vote cast in the supes' history. That was the subject of my KCRW-FM 89.9 "Orange County Line" commentary with host Steve Chiotakis.

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

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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.

Hour Two is the ¡Ask a Mexican! hour, where I people's questions on Mexicans LIVE. And Hour Three? Even better: the weekly Wednesday wackfest known as "Be Funny!" where people can make any joke possible--the more offensive, the better.

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Gustavo's Latest KCRW "Orange County Line": On Santa Ana Trying to Tell the World It's Safe After Kim Pham's Murder

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Kim's killers are still at large; please call the above numbers with any info
The strangest reaction so far to the Kim Pham killing happened at a press conference last week, when Santa Ana Police Department Chief Carlos Rojas and Mayor-for-Life Don Papi Pulido both took time out from a murder investigation to tell the world that the city's downtown is safe. Pretty damn callous to care about a city's reputation in the middle of such a tragedy, ¿qué no?

But while I don't agree with their timing, I do agree with the sentiment--and, more than anything, I completely understand where they're coming from. That was the subject of my KCRW-FM 89.9 "Orange County Line" commentary yesterday.

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Gustavo's Latest KCRW "Orange County Line": On the OC Register Layoffs

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What else can I say about the Orange County Register layoffs that I haven't already? Actually, a lot. The Register is supposed to have a staff party this week--oh, the timing! And they just bought throwaway rags that cover the Manhattan Beach area, in Reg owner Aaron Kushner's continuing efforts to try and conquer the Los Angeles region--OY VEY...

I talked about Kushner's strategy in my latest "Orange County Line" commentary for KCRW-FM 89.9 this past Monday, with guest host Eric Roy.

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

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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.

Hour Two is the ¡Ask a Mexican! hour, where I people's questions on Mexicans LIVE. And Hour Three? Even better: the weekly Wednesday wackfest known as "Be Funny!" where people can make any joke possible--the more offensive, the better.


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The Text of Gustavo's Arizona State University Hispanic Convocation Speech

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Right now, unless I committed another epic faux paux (seriously, East LA College: I'm more sorry than you can ever imagine, in both the sentimental and descriptive sense), I will have just given the keynote speech at Arizona State University's biannual Hispanic Convocation.

Anyhoo, the entirety of the speech follows. I reserve the right to change words on the drive to campus in the next hour, but the text and the message should remain the same...

Roll the tape!

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Gustavo's Latest KCRW "Orange County Line": On the OC DA's Love Affair with Gang Injunctions

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This infernal rag has been reporting skeptically on gang injunctions ever since 2006, when managing editor Nick Schou took an in-depth look into Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas' first one, lodged against the Santa Nita gang. Nevertheless, Tony Rack has thrown them around with joy, with nearly all of them sticking. The one exception is in Orange, where residents of the city's historic Cypress Street barrio have not only been fighting the gang injunction since 2009, they recently beat it in federal court, sticking taxpayers with a $4 million bill.

Why is Rackauckas so in love with gang injunctions? That's the subject of my latest "Orange County Line" commentary for KCRW-FM 89.9

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

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If it's the last Wednesday of the month, that means it's time for my monthly visit to The Tom Leykis Show at 3 p.m. PST so I can do ¡Ask a Mexican! live.

But this time, there's going to be a twist: a special announcement.

What will it be? You're going to have to listen to find out, you know?

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