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Low riders and Chicano soul

Posted March 5, 2014 by | 15 Comments | ]
Art Meza outside Antigua Coffee Roasters in Cypress Park

Librarian by day, social media aficionado the rest of the time, Art Meza, who was born in Echo Park before it became a paradise for artists and hipsters, started posting pictures to Instagram, often of snazzy cars called low riders. Next thing you know, he’s being published, and having his work hung in City Hall.
“I still don’t consider myself a photographer,” he said modestly …

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Aaron Kushner’s Grand Plan for Expanding the OC Register to LA

Posted December 16, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
Aaron Kushner

The parent company of the Orange County Register is looking to expand its reach by launching a new daily newspaper – here in LA.
Aaron Kushner, the CEO of Freedom Communications, says the new paper will be known as the Los Angeles Register.
Kushner says the paper will share sports content and other stories of regional interest with the OC Register.
But he says the new paper …

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Mixer: Burning a hole in your wallet and on the beach

Posted November 29, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
friday mixer square

Tiffany Hsu from the Los Angeles Times and Gustavo Arellano from the OC Weekly joined us.
Yes it’s Black Friday. But we don’t care about the fights going on in the aisles of Walmart. There were gatherings outside, where a couple hundred protesters turned out in a steady rain.
Wal-Mart has long been a target of labor unions because it is a non-union operation. And the group …

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OC Line: Santa Ana splurges on new city manager

Posted August 26, 2013 by | 80 Comments | ]
David Cavazos, the new city manager of Santa Ana.

There’s a new city manager in the Orange County city of Santa Ana. David Cavazos, formerly city manager of Phoneix, starts his new post in October. And he doesn’t come cheap.
Cavazos will earn a salary and benefits package of more than half-a-million dollars, making him one of the highest-paid city employees in California, and the second-highest-paid city manager in the state.
Santa Ana officials are …

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The Orange County Register: One Year after the Revolution

Posted August 19, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
Long Beach Register

Today, the city of Long Beach became a two newspaper town. Coin-operated boxes have been placed around the city to sell the Long Beach Register, an off-shoot of Aaron Kushner’s Orange County Register.
The long-established Press-Telegram – which is owned by the Los Angeles News Group – has been serving the port city for more than a century.
The debut comes around the one year anniversary of …

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Costa Mesa mayor vs. city workers, part 30

Posted August 12, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]

Last week, the city of Costa Mesa revealed a proposal to cut the salaries of most of its employees by 5 percent, make them contribute 5 percent more toward their pensions, and suggested a further 5 percent cut to upper-level workers.
Union representatives called the offer “offensive,” but mayor Jim Righeimer insists it makes fiscal sense. Who to believe?
OC Weekly editor Gustavo Arellano joins KCRW’s …

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Anaheim, one year after the riots

Posted July 22, 2013 by | 11 Comments | ]

A rally against police brutality in Anaheim began and ended peacefully yesterday.
It marks one year since another series of rallies in Anaheim drew national headlines, sparked by the police shootings of two Latino men. The incidents revealed a darker side to Disneyland’s hometown.
Activists vowed to transform the city in the wake of the unrest, and police and politicians promised to listen. What has changed, …

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The Mixer: A Tale of Two Newspapers

Posted July 12, 2013 by | 5 Comments | ]

This week, Tribune Company announced it would split into two entities. One to focus on electronic media. Think broadcast, like KTLA-Channel 5 and other stations. Think internet properties that go along with those functions. The other company will be focused on newspapers of the company. The Chicago Tribune, Hartford Courant and, most notably for us, the Los Angeles Times.
To be sure, the Times has already seen …

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OC Line: Heated debate over Orange County fire pits

Posted July 8, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]

Later this week, the South Coast Air Quality Management District is expected to pass new rules regulating Orange County’s beach fire pits. Those fires have been an OC tradition for more than 60 years. For supporters of the fire pits, it’s an improvement over the district’s initial proposal to ban them. But the issue is likely to linger well past this week’s meeting. Gustavo Arellano from the …

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Anaheim’s unlikeliest radical: the mayor

Posted June 17, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]

Last week, the Anaheim City Council rejected a motion that would’ve placed the issue of district voting on the ballot next year.
The issue is currently in the news because the ACLU is trying to force the matter via the courts.
The activists who say Anaheim’s current at-large electoral system is discriminatory toward Latino voters have an unlikely ally: Mayor Tom Tait. He’s a Republican who …

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No more San Onofre – now what?

Posted June 10, 2013 by | 4 Comments | ]
San Onofre

The San Onofre nuclear power plant has been offline for 16 months, ever since a radiation leak was discovered to be caused by unusual wear on the steam generator tubes.
The plant’s operator, Southern California Edison, has been lobbying the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to allow the plant to re-open at lower power for a trial period.
But after heavy opposition from activists and lawmakers, So Cal …

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The Latino Nonprofit OC Politicians Love to Hate

Posted June 3, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Over the weekend, the organization Latino Health Access – or LHA – opened a community center and park in downtown Santa Ana. It’s green space, in a city that doesn’t have a whole lot of it.
LHA’s earned national coverage and awards for its efforts in training Latino immigrants to teach healthy living practices to their neighbors. It’s what’s called in the Latino community, a …

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Is Orange County becoming more gay friendly?

Posted May 27, 2013 by | 10 Comments | ]

A recent Orange County Human Relations Commission report noted that hate crimes against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people are on the rise.
The report came out the same week that the Orange County Board of Supervisors decided to issue a proclamation in honor of Harvey Milk Day for the first time ever.
In this famously conservative county, it seems like the LGBT community is …

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Arrested Development and the truth about Orange County

Posted May 20, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]

Fans of the cult favorite TV show Arrested Development already have this Sunday blocked off the calendar. That’s when Netflix will release all 15 episodes of the latest season. FOX canceled the show seven years ago, yet it has only grown in stature.
While the program is a comedic masterpiece, far more interesting is its choice of setting: Orange County, California. What statements does Arrested …

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Evangelicals and immigration reform in Orange County

Posted April 29, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]

Congress is in the midst of debating a proposed bill that would grant some type of amnesty to the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants.
Meanwhile, a different debate is happening in some of Orange County’s major evangelical churches. Pastors are joining other Christian leaders to push for immigration reform. But they’re finding resistance among their congregants, some of who are actually leaving their churches in …

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Does Orange County have a corruption problem?

Posted April 22, 2013 by | 10 Comments | ]

Last week, the Orange County Grand Jury released a report suggesting the county create a blue-ribbon committee to fight local political corruption, citing 40 years of government scandals.
Some supervisors immediately fired back, saying it should be up to the media and to voters to hold government officials accountable. And the District Attorney’s office argued that it’s been vigilant in monitoring corruption.
Gustavo Arellano from the …

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OC Line: For whom the roads toll

Posted April 15, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Back in the 1990s, a super fast-growing Orange County built a couple of toll roads.
Southern California is home to the free-way – as in free of charge. But this new concept was billed by boosters as a privately-funded solution to choking traffic problems.
A couple of decades later, rosy driver projections never materialized. And the authority that runs the toll roads is saddled with debt, …

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OC Line: Mello-Roos, OC’s Favorite Tax

Posted April 8, 2013 by | 5 Comments | ]

The new community of Rancho Mission Viejo is under construction right now, but potential buyers got a rude surprise when it was announced that homes there will be subject to a Mello-Roos tax.
It doesn’t matter: the development will sell out within seconds. Is the good life in OC such that Orange County residents — famously anti-tax — tolerate a tax on a tax? Or …

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Orange County Line: Is it time, Anaheim?

Posted April 1, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

Last summer, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against Anaheim charging that the city’s at-large council elections excluded Latinos from electing their own and asked the courts to create voting by district.
The Democratic Party of Orange County just endorsed an eight-district proposal, while the Republican-dominated city council has largely mocked the idea.
KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis talks to Gustavo Arellano, editor of the OC Weekly, on efforts …

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OC Line: The Orange County tourists don’t see

Posted March 25, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]

Late last year, the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau hired a new tourism chief. Jay Burress was brought in from Texas, of all places, to attract more visitors to Orange County.
Now how hard could that be? With beautiful beaches, Disneyland, and exclusive resorts, it can’t be too difficult.
But we wanted to go beyond the obvious attractions. And to do that we’ve brought in …

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