Gustavo Arellano is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, covering Southern California everything and a bunch of the West and beyond. He previously worked at OC Weekly, where he was an investigative reporter for 15 years and editor for six, wrote a column called ¡Ask a Mexican! and is the author of “Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America.” He’s the child of two Mexican immigrants, one of whom came to this country in the trunk of a Chevy.
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Pursuits are a waste of police resources. Watching them encourages stations to air more of them. And yet, like too many Southern Californians, I just can’t quit.
Nov. 25, 2023
Despite being outspent 8-1, a coalition of progressive groups in Santa Ana helped beat back a recall of a city council member who was opposed by real estate interests and the city’s police union.
Nov. 21, 2023
The Tustin blimp hangars were Orange County’s version of the Watts Towers: beloved architectural marvels of a bygone time. They shouldn’t have suffered such an ignominious end.
Nov. 15, 2023
Considered one of Kevin de León’s main challengers for the City Council, Wendy Carrillo’s DUI arrest will inevitably launch a sea of ‘Wino Wendy’ opposition mailers.
Nov. 3, 2023
I’ve written about how CARB’s actions too often come off as pie-in-the-sky wokery that doesn’t seem to consider how working-class folks might be able to afford living in a purified paradise. That’s why I wanted to meet De La Torre, the second-longest-serving CARB member.
Oct. 27, 2023
After serving in the California Assembly, Montañez used her connections and iron will to bring hundreds of millions of dollars to the San Fernando Valley and other underserved communities to clean up polluted areas and beautify neighborhoods.
Oct. 22, 2023
The Orange diocese sex abuse scandal was the first big story I worked on as a reporter. Spare me the hosannas. Congratulating Brown is like congratulating someone for towing their car after wrapping it around a pole.
Oct. 18, 2023
I immediately recognized how the L.A. politicians were weaponizing Spanglish on the tape. Now, Nury Martinez, Kevin De León and Gil Cedillo are maintaining they were talking as Latinos normally do.
Oct. 11, 2023
El tema principal que impulsó la discusión secreta -- ¿dónde se encuentra el poder político latino en Los Ángeles? – sigue siendo tan vital y desconcertante para el futuro de Los Ángeles como siempre.
Oct. 10, 2023
The main issue that drove the secret discussion — where does Latino political power stand in L.A.? — remains as vital and vexing to the future of Los Angeles as ever.
Oct. 6, 2023