Should Anyone Care That Ann Coulter Hawks Her Latest Polemic in Costa Mesa TOMORROW?

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Hot on the shelves!

I may be going out on a limb here, because I have yet to read Ann Coulter's new book (or, come to think of it, any Ann Coulter book), but other than the upside down exclamation marks before the titles and right side up exclamation marks after, her ¡Adios, America! and The Mexican-in-Chief's ¡Ask a Mexican! book and columns take far different views of U.S. immigration policy.

The pair of authors do have this in common: both will be in Costa Mesa Wednesday.

Gustavo will be here at Weekly HQ, putting the final touches on the latest edition of the best alternative newsweekly in all the land (that's for sale).

Coulter will be pimping ¡Adios, America! at the local Barnes & Noble Booksellers, where a crowd is expected ... to protest her. (They likely won't be able to get as close at Coulter's July 13 gig at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda.)


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OC Weekly Wins 7 Awards at LA Press Club Gala, Including 3 First-Placers!

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Cover design by Dustin Ames
Awesome cover for Reza's awesome piece

Last night, the LA Press Club held their annual awards gala, and although no one from this infernal rag was able to make it (Mox is still in the salt mines, Nick was finishing up a cover, and I had just finished a five-day taco bender--go to Instagram and find the hashtag #epictacocrawl if you don't believe me), we still did mighty fine, hauling in seven awards, including three first-place finishes.


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Gustavo's Latest KCRW "OC Line": On Problems at the Orange County Animal Shelter!

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Photo by Fabian Ortiez
Ready to save their pals at the nasty shelter

Oy vey, the Orange County Animal Shelter. I remember one of the big cover stories for the Weekly before my time at this infernal rag involved the decrepit conditions at it. I remember writing stories about how the county had placed an admitted boy lover at the Shelter in the idea that he wouldn't be around children there, and how workers washed dog shit directly into the Santa Ana River (that story, according to my sources at the time, hit so close to home that they never talked to me again). And now, 11 years later, the problems continue, as the OC Grand Jury issued two scathing reports against OC Animal Care (the county agency in charge of the shelter) in the past two months.


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The Text of Gustavo's UC Riverside Commencement Speech!

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This is probably the only time I'll be able to justify an illustration of Immanuel Kant, so might as well...

This morning, I had the honor of giving the commencement speech at UC Riverside's College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences for their Sociology, Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology students (what a mouthful!). Following is the prepared remarks I gave, which I mostly hewed to. I did begin my speech with an explanation of what ustedes and y'all meant, and the pocos pero locos line was improvised and laughed at by about three people.


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Gustavo's Latest KCRW "OC Line": On Disneyland's 60th Anniversary Present from Anaheim: Progressive Politics

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Illustration by Trevor Keen
From my 2010 cover story on UNITE HERE

In 1988, Disneyland held a huge celebration for Mickey Mouse's 60th anniversary. To commemorate it, they let all Anaheim students attend for free, and gave us T-shirts of Mickey Mouse looking like a rodent version of Huey Lewis down to the fuzzy suit and sneakers.

Oh, those were the good ol' days of Disneyland-Anaheim goodwill, back before Anaheim constructed an I-5 off-ramp to go directly into the Resort and Mexicans began to assert their political influence in the city. Now, for Disneyland's 60th anniversary, they're faced with the unhappy prospect of having to deal with a bunch of Aztlanistas on the City Council at the end of next year.


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The Text of Gustavo's Speech for the OC Press Club's Lifetime Achievement Award!

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Photo by The Mexican
HELL YA!

Whenever I accept an award or give a commencement speech, I always write down a speech instead of my usual off-the-cuff remarks out of respect to the institution at hand. But last night at the OC Press Club awards gala, where I was being honored with the Sky Dunlap Award for lifetime achievement, my speech got lost between the bar and the bar. So what I REALLY said last night will be lost to history, although the themes don't vary much from the text of my original speech, which is published below.


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Gustavo's Latest KCRW "OC Line": On the Proposed Santa Ana Wellness Corridor

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Conceptual gentrification from back in 2009, I believe...WHICH CAME TRUE

A decade ago, I wrote an article called "Embrace the Mexican," in which I argued that SanTana, instead of running scared from its Latino super-reality, should double down and make it a wab destination. No one listens to me, though, so the City Council and activists ignored my proposal as the downtown became gentrified as fuck.

Flash forward to this year and last, and a coalition of groups has figured out that the silver bullet for gentrificiation is...making downtown SanTana more Mexican under the guise of a Wellness District. I swear, cabrones, you can't make this stuff up! Anyhoo, the proposed Wellness District is what I talked about this past Monday on my weekly KCRW "Orange County Line" commentary.


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Gustavo's Latest KCRW "OC Line": On the Retirement of Labor Boss Nick Berardino!

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Since we don't have a good shot of Berardino in our archives, let's go with the OCEA barbecue pit--another Berardino innovation!

We haven't necessarily cheered on all the moves of Orange County Employees Association head Nick Berardino, and you're just gonna have to find them (hint: churros!). But we have always respected the man for bringing true, populist labor politics to a county so hateful of organized labor that everyone declared war on striking Mexican orange pickers in 1936.

Berardino is retiring in July, and he was the topic I discussed this week in my every-Monday KCRW-FM 89.9 "Orange County Line" commentary.


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VIDEO: ¡Ask a Mexican! on What Part of "Illegal" Don't Mexicans Understand

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What's up, Joesé???

The epitome of Know Nothing cleverness is them asking Aztlanistas, "What part of 'illegal' don't Mexicans understand?" I took that question on years ago in my ¡Ask a Mexican! column, but since no one reads anymore and relies on videos for knowledge transmission, I've brought it back in video form!


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VIDEO: ¡Ask a Mexican! on Why Mexicans Play the Radio So Damn Loud

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Usually blasting one of these puppies, of course...

So you ever driving only to hear a spleen-destroying tuba riff, a eardrum-bursting accordion trill, or bone-rattling bass line? Yep: A Mexican is coming! In the latest edition of my ¡Ask a Mexican! video series, I take on the question of why we Mexis have to bump it so damn loud (hint: because 11).

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