An Oral History of OC Weekly, Part 4: October 2010-???

In which the helm of the Weekly returns to the hands of some O.G.s, new voices with new stories to tell arrive, much hell is raised anew, and while fuck is still printed, pendejo now reigns supreme

As the Weekly began the fourth part of its 20-year history, times were tough. The dual forces of the Internet and the Great Recession, which were beginning to eviscerate nearly every print-based publication, were keenly felt. The staff had never been trimmer. The page count had never been smaller. Morale had never been lower. But those who were there, as well as those who joined, remained committed to documenting stories that reflected and praised, castigated and satirized the county they were in. And though things would become even more tumultuous over the next year, a page was about to be turned. . . .

Matt Coker: I didn't have the big problem with Ted that everyone did. Maybe the biggest thing is that it always seemed he said no to every story I pitched: "No, no, no." It was like you had to change the editor's mind. Obviously, he said yes to some things, but that's what it felt like to me.

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Gustavo Arellano on Why OC Weekly Matters

Courtesy Gustavo Arellano
Gustavo Arellano is editor of OC Weekly and author of the ¬°Ask a Mexican! column. He once applied for a job at the Orange County Register--best non-hire ever.

This saw OC Weekly when we debuted in 1995: the master-planned communities, the suburban land rolling westward wave by dense wave from the foothills, seemingly boring then, teeming with conservatives and MILFs about the Balboa Bay Club and the beaches whose water in time would become poo-filled--the wild men, too, the activists and the Costa Mesa 500, who had to be a little wild also to endure and survive and so mark the wilderness with the proofs of their tough survival: defeating Bob Dornan, Memphis Cafe, SanTana and Little Saigon. Orange County: the dark and vapid ground.

Sorry, William Faulkner: I just had to imitate the intro to your legendary 1955 Sports Illustrated essay about the Kentucky Derby because it perfectly encapsulates the essence of this paper: bombastic. Swaggering. Always swinging for the fences and connecting, whether by Ruthian slam or Bad News Bears hilarity. Arcane. Historical. And simply brilliant.

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OC Weekly Founder Will Swaim on OC as a Place of Grace, Not an Intelligentsia Joke

Will Swaim is the founding editor of OC Weekly and currently vice president of journalism for the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity. Call him Guillermo.

So these two frantic, bewhiskered woodsmen hack their way out the back window of the snowbound cabin in which they've been trapped for days--stuck inside this little hut as if the frozen center of a novelty-cocktail ice cube--and the older one says to the younger, "Follow the path."

The kid's head swivels 180 degrees in two directions: nothing but hip-high, trackless snow. He turns to his elder and says, "What path?"

The old guy says, "Start walking, turn around in 10 feet and look back. You'll see it."

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What Made the Weekly Great Is That We Were Always Mr. Nice Guys--Seriously!

Categories: Cover Story

Steve Lowery wrote the column Diary of a Mad County from 2003 to 2007. He is also the only person in the world louder than Gustavo Arellano.

Babies, originally I was going to tell you about what I've been doing since I left the Weekly nearly 10 years ago, but there's really not much to tell: I helped start a wonderful weekly in Long Beach that eventually folded (goddamn Bush), and then went on to freelance writing, a treadmill of a career path akin to being an oarsman on a slave ship who, having staged a successful mutiny, declares "Now we will show them how free men row!"

Instead of all that, I thought it better to write something handy, "news you can use" being quite the seller in today's freelance market, whether it's simply handy information, e.g., "Nine Beautiful Celebrities Who Married Ugly Spouses," or cautionary tales, "Eleven Sexy Celebrities and Their Ugly Children." Where the Weekly is concerned, what you need to know is that in my 30 years of journalism, it remains not only the best publication I have ever worked for, but also the one staffed with the nicest people.

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Commie Girl Returns to OC Weekly for ONE ISSUE ONLY!


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Greetings, Orange Countianos! It is I, your Commie Girl, returned to you for one week only! "OH, MY GOD," you wheezed if you are old, and then you busted a nut (gross). "Um, who?" you are sneering if you're a millennial, and you are sneering it real snotty-like because your "pal" baby boomer parents never taught you to RESPECT YOUR ELDERS AND PRETTIERS.

Here's who I am, PUNK: I ran this joint back in the day--yes, I did; ask anyone as long as that anyone's me--when there was no Internet and no political assfucking blogs for freedom, and all of Orange County hung on my every column about whether or not I had syphilis.

So . . . hiiiiiii! Anything new since March 2007? Why, what happened in March 2007, you are probably asking because you forgot to read Joel Beers' 30,000-word screed (I am assuming it is a screed) on the fascinating inside story of OC Weekly through the years, which probably isn't even that fascinating honestly--I mean, where are the drugs and the fuckings? (Okay, I maybe fucked some people.)

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In Memoriam: Remembering the Weeklings Who Have Left Us

Categories: Cover Story

Andrew Youssef, RIP
Scores of people have worked at OC Weekly during the past two decades, and while a few have stayed, the majority have moved on to other journalism-related jobs or left for the much-better-paying (if soul-killing) realms of public relations and marketing. A few have left the communications industry altogether and are today raising children or otherwise making a living. But they all remain Weeklings, in body and spirit.

Sadly, some are only with us in spirit. Here, we give shoutouts to five former Weeklings who were taken far too young, but whose memory lives on.

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Random Things Famous People Have Said About OC Weekly

We could fill a whole issue with valentines and nastiness written about us, but we've only got a rail. The following are just some of the many things famous people and publications have said about us over the years.

"A paper for fags and communists." --Anonymous Republican staffer, printed in the Weekly's first-anniversary issue

"That paper is Satan's instrument. That is an evil paper spreading infected bodily fluids all over this county." --Former U.S. Congressman Bob Dornan

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Savage Love: The Boyfriend Experience

Special Dan note to OC Weekly readers on account of its 20th anniversary: OC Weekly is a good paper that used to be great. What would the editors have to do to make this paper great again? Start running my column--and not just one week in some special "anniversary" issue that readers don't care about. (Adults don't care about their parents' birthdays, Gustavo; what makes you think they give a shit about their newspapers' birthdays?) They'll have to run it every damn week! XO --Dan

My boyfriend of six months tied me up for the first time a month ago. He didn't know what he was doing, and I didn't get turned on because it hurt. I got him two sessions with a professional bondage top as a gift. I was the "model," and I was very turned on as the instructor walked my boyfriend through safe bondage techniques and positions. The guy was attractive, but not as attractive as my boyfriend. At one point, I shuddered, and my boyfriend is convinced I had an orgasm. He says I cheated right in front of him, and now he wants to dump me. What do I do?
Helplessly Explaining My Predicament

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Victim Told Cops Stabbing Happened Outside Straight Outta Compton Showing: Anaheim PD

Jaimie Trueblood
Nothing to see here, folks.
UPDATE NO. 2, AUG. 26, 10:17 A.M.: Anaheim Police blame the 23-year-old man who was stabbed in that city Monday night after being kicked out of a screening of Straight Outta Compton with leading investigators to initially believe the crime happened outside Century Stadium 25 cinema in Orange.

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Asian Boyz Gang Membership Dispute Lands In Federal Court

Tam Trong Nguyen didn't sport any Asian Boyz criminal street gang tattoos. Nguyen wasn't known to flash gang signs or wear gang paraphernalia. He didn't answer to a gang moniker and cops never spotted him at any known gang hangout.

Nonetheless, Joe Pirooz, a veteran Long Beach police officer who has extensively studied the gang, offered 2010 trial "expert" testimony that while Nguyen didn't display the normal signs of Asian Boyz membership, he was still definitely in the underworld organization.

Pirooz's reasoning?

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