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How Aaron Kushner Wrecked the OC Registernew

The Boston millionaire claimed he'd save The Orange County Register and transform journalism. He didn't.
OC Weekly  |  Gustavo Arellano  |  06-27-2014  |  Media

OC Register Death Watchnew

If Aaron Kushner has his way, Monday will leave OC Register with less reporters than when he bought it.
OC Weekly  |  Gustavo Arellano  |  06-04-2014  |  Media

Is the OC Register's Paywall Coming Down?new

It's almost the one-year anniversary of the Orange County Register erecting a paywall on its website, a paywall that owners Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz swore was strict, swore would never go down, swore was impenetrable. But the dirty little secret with the Reg's website nowadays is that it's harder to find a story behind the paywall than one that readers can view for free.
OC Weekly  |  Gustavo Arellano  |  03-26-2014  |  Media

Where's the Diversity At in the Orange County Register's Recent Hiring Spree?new

A funny thing has emerged as Aaron Kushner basks in the limelight of positive press for turning himself into the Daddy Warbucks of print. Notice all the new Orange County Register reporters? They're so...white.
OC Weekly  |  Gustavo Arellano  |  05-02-2013  |  Media

Anaheim's Tragic Kingdomnew

Two officer-involved killings ignite the city's long, hot summer that has been years in the making.
OC Weekly  |  Gustavo Arellano  |  07-27-2012  |  Crime & Justice

The Five Most Influential Cities in the Development of Mexican Food in the

Settling once and for all what city helped define Mexican food in the United States more than any other. Unsurprisingly, it's a fight to the death between California and Texas.
OC Weekly  |  Gustavo Arellano  |  03-05-2012  |  Food+Drink

In Alabama, "Mexican" is Considered an Offensive Wordnew

A thrift store in Birmingham requested the removal of an alt-weekly rack because the word "Mexican" appears in the column, ¡Ask a Mexican!
OC Weekly  |  Gustavo Arellano  |  10-19-2011  |  Race & Class

Announcing Another Mexican Food Genre: Bro-Mexnew

The aesthetic of Bro-Mex restaurants centers around the world of energy drinks, surf culture, and MMA. Their clientele think lucha libre masks are hilarious, have Mexican-American friends or--if they're Mexican-American--don't speak much Spanish, and think Gringo Bandito is the greatest creation since Ed Hardy lighters.
OC Weekly  |  Gustavo Arellano  |  05-12-2011  |  Food+Drink

Ruben Vives, Former Illegal Immigrant, Wins Pulitzer Prizenew

What a wonderful "chinga tu madre" at the Know Nothings of the world who insist illegals can't make anything of themselves in this country! What a beautiful "arriba" to those of us who know undocumented youngsters can and do make something of themselves in this country--if only they have a chance!
OC Weekly  |  Gustavo Arellano  |  04-20-2011  |  Immigration


Five words that signify a foodstuff in one Latin American country, but a crude term for 'vagina' in another.
OC Weekly  |  Gustavo Arellano  |  02-16-2011  |  Food+Drink

A Trip to Where Taco Bell Begannew

A visit to the exact location where Bell's Hamburgers and Hot Dogs opened in 1952. It's here that Glen Bell decided to try and sell tacos -- although tellingly, his largely Latino clientele forsook his Mexican offerings in favor of the hamburger and hot dogs.
OC Weekly  |  Gustavo Arellano  |  12-21-2010  |  Food+Drink

5 Authentic Mexican Dishes That Would Make Rick Bayless Screamnew

Mexican food in all its manifestations is just a tasty extension of "Greater Mexico" and the idea that Mexico and its culture doesn't stop at the border.
OC Weekly  |  Gustavo Arellano  |  10-04-2010  |  Food+Drink

Make a Run for the Altarnew

What's a little marriage fraud between amigos? It's a felony, sure, but in the absence of real immigration reform, some young, assimilated illegal immigrants see it as their best path to citizenship.
OC Weekly  |  Gustavo Arellano  |  07-11-2010  |  Immigration

Professor Helps Mainstream a New White Supremacist Political Partynew

At that summer IHR meeting, professor Kevin MacDonald began shedding his regular-guy façade. And with his introductions to Freedom 14 and other local neo-Nazis at that conference, he began the first steps toward emerging as a full-fledged bigot.
OC Weekly  |  Gustavo Arellano  |  01-26-2010  |  Politics

La Santa Cecilia, an 'It' Band and L.A.'s Next Big Genre-Bending Latinonew

Every couple of years, a Latino band emerges from this area who match their neighborhood and times, who transcend Latino L.A. to become a regional crossover hit. La Santa Cecilia is next.
OC Weekly  |  Gustavo Arellano  |  12-08-2009  |  Music

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