This Might Be the Ballsiest, Most Artistic Gang Graffiti in Orange County EVER

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Gracias, source!
The line work is reminiscent of Keith Haring

First, the obvious disclaimer: The OC Weekly does not endorse graffiti, cholos, gangs, and especially graffiti cholo gangs. We encourage all youth to stay off the streets and blah blah blah blah blah. The only gang we claim--and the only one that matters--is OCW, and we RIFA C/S!

But look at the above tag, left over the weekend on a wall near the corner of Hawley and Ninth streets in SanTana. That's the handiwork of F Troop, oOC's oldest veteran Mexican gang* and the one with the most fascinating name in OC (yes: the gang is named after the late-1960s sitcom) after the Nazi Lowriders and PEN1. Now, get over the shock of this infernal rag highlighting a gang tag, and refry the following:


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Kevin Jacobo Identified as Victim of Possibly "Random" Car-to-Car Killing in Santa Ana

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Kevin Jacobo, R.I.P.
UPDATE, JULY 7, 8:59 P.M.:Kevin Jacobo has been identified as the driver who was shot to death in the car-to-car shooting on a Santa Ana residential street early Sunday.

The 20-year-old Santa Ana resident had no known ties to gangs "whatsoever," Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna told City News Service. "So at this point we don't know if he was the intended target or just a victim of random violence."

Wild Fourth of July Includes a Slaying and Three Fires Across Orange County

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Wild Fourth of July Includes a Slaying and Three Fires Across Orange County

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Photo by flickr user ercwttmn

It wasn't an entirely sparkling Fourth in OC.
The Fourth of July traditionally keeps first responders busy in Orange County and 2015 was no different. A fight during a large neighborhood Independence Day party in Santa Ana left a man dead, and there were four fires across the region blamed on illegal fireworks.


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Former OC Democratic Party Chair Accused Of Peddling Influence in Santa Ana Pot Lottery For Mayor Miguel Pulido

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Luke McGarry
An Incident on Shakedown Street?
Two employees of a Santa Ana medical marijuana collective tell the Weekly that Frank Barbaro, the former chairman of the Democratic Party of Orange County and longtime lawyer for Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido, offered to help the dispensary secure a winning slot in the city's Feb. 5 2015 lottery--if they "worked" through him.

The employees, both a manager and a budtender for the Aloha Community Collective Association, claim that Barbaro became a member of the collective sometime last year and frequently visited the dispensary to purchase marijuana and edibles. Furthermore, they claim that on repeated occasions, Barbaro, who identified himself as Mayor Pulido's personal attorney, told them that he was the "person we needed to work with" if they wanted to "secure a spot" in the city's upcoming lottery.


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Federal Lawsuit: Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido Aided Pot Clubs In Return For Cash

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Chris Victorio
Mayor Pulido (on right) and SanTana City Council friends

According to a federal lawsuit filed today, Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido conspired to derail a grassroots marijuana initiative in the city while soliciting cash from existing pot clubs who the Mayor allegedly promised winning slots in a Feb. 5 city-sponsored marijuana dispensary lottery. The lawsuit claims the payments were used to pay for gathering public support for the city's favored pot initiative.


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Santa Ana Police Horses Keep Pooping in Downtown--And Police Don't Clean Up

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Photo by The Mexican
#DTSA

Ever since the tragic death of Kim Pham last year, police on horseback have been a common site nearly every weekend in downtown SanTana. And ever since SanTana PD have mounted horses to patrol all the drunk hipsters stumbling around, another police presence has left its mark on the ever-gentrifying downtown: horse shit. Pies of it. Plops. Streaks. Watery.

And most of it, more often than not, left on the ground, to be cleaned up by anyone other than SanTana police.


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Hey, Santa Ana, Ready for a Needle Exchange Spot in the French Court Neighborhood?

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Will Santa Ana soon get a needle exchange location? No, silly, an official needle exchange location, which is right now proposed for the French Court Neighborhood.

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

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OC Weekly archives
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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Why Are Santa Ana's Gentrifiers So Afraid of 4th Street's Quinceañera Shops? UPDATE

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Not as scary for gentrifiers because the dress doesn't have that many ruffles...

UPDATE, 3:11 P.M.: Talked to Quinn, and he said he "respects" all the businesses in downtown SanTana, old-school and New Wave and quinceañera shops included. Regarding his quote, Quinn said he was talking theoretically about why some businesses might thrive in the area while others close, and used quinceañera shops as a general example; he never meant to single them out. Good conversation between us, and we're going to meet in-person next week so I can interview him about his feelings on what's happening downtown because that's what journalism and being a good neighbor is about, right? Stay tuned...


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Logan Crow Is the Frida Cinema's Screener

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Roll it!

Logan Crow's world revolves around cinema. "Film and music were my first sexuality," the Frida Cinema director says. "I noticed those things way before I noticed my first boy or girl."

Crow wears many hats to run the daily operations of his beloved Santa Ana indie theater: programmer, projectionist, custodian, box-office clerk, promoter, poster designer, social-media correspondent, among others. You could say he'd do anything to provide like-minded movie aficionados a communal screening space. "I love the idea of inviting people over and showing them a film," he says. "I've been doing it all my life at home."


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