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When Otto Cedeno moved from Orange County to NYC for film school, he missed the California tacos he grew up with. That’s why he opened his own joint, Otto’s Tacos. [Video by Juan L. Espinal.]

sombraAfter months of secrets leaking out of headquarters, the new hero for Orange County’s Blizzard Entertainment hit game Overwatch has finally been revealed. She’s a Mexican Latina named Sombra (photo). Her name means Shadow.

But does this impact the culture of Orange County? The culture of video game development? The very essence of Mexican and Mexican-American culture?

As a first generation Mexican-American, I think Sombra represents an important and much-needed shift in thought to get Latino people into careers in which we are consistently underrepresented. She is the champion of a new tech-forward identity that uses its own skills to take matters into its own hands. But, most importantly, she’s really freakin’ cool, as you can see in this video: [Mas…]

estehogar“It’s Proselyte Week here in Orange Aztlán,” POCHO’s anonymous Orange County photographic contributor emailed Wednesday. He put this sign on the front door of his Anaheim townhouse.

“Person after person is coming to ask whether we’ve found Jesus (“¿Ya se les extravió Jesús otra vez?! Qué descuidados son los cristianos con su salvador…”), to try and tell us Trump is more than just a bloviating human camote, to sell crappy chocolates for dubious fundraising efforts, etc. This sign has only been up for a few hours, but so far no one has knocked.”

theecommonsFullerton, California’s finest psychedelic cumbia punk rockers Thee Commons have released the first track from their album Loteria Tribal. The Orange County group’s edgy Foolish King comes as the band begins a national tour this summer.

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O.C. [email protected] activists-artists-musicians Salvajes’ new music video Downpressor Shitstem has a message: “Stand up for your rights and f___ the police!” [NSFW. language.]

Marilynn Montaño is embedded in her migrant father’s rough hands

by Andalé Mono January 14, 2016 Audio
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Orange County poet and activist Marilynn Montaño’s poem His Machucada Hands is a “testament to the ways that being undocumented has taken a physical toll on her father’s body. The title, she said, came from noticing his hands on the steering wheel every morning as he drove her to middle and high school,” according to […]

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OC’s The Taco Truck debut music video: ‘Ridiculous Feats’

by Soy Capitan December 17, 2015 Cultura
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Four kids from Orange County have a great band name and modern pop sound. Check out the first vid, Ridiculous Feats, from The Taco Truck. [Sid Piravi (Vocals & Guitar), Emma Hattesohl (Guitar), Cesar Landa (Drums), Alex Soto (Bass). Directed by Joe Rodriguez.]

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What are you doing? What am I doing? Be careful out there!

by Kat Avila January 23, 2015 Cultura
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“What are you doing?” I asked the teenage boy who was gleefully tagging a repainted space at Santiago Park in Santa Ana. Alarmed, he jumped down the small ledge to look up at the bridge where I was standing. Others emerged from beneath the bridge to see where the stranger’s voice was coming from. There […]

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Orange County patriots protest Obama’s immigration actions (video)

by Lucida Grandé December 15, 2014 El Now
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YouTube user nauiocelotl was out with his camera last week in Santa Ana, California, filming a group protesting President Barack Obama. These demonstrators have met citizen videographer nauiocelotl before, it seems, and they weren’t too pleased to see him again. The “vendidos” were extra pissed off.

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Police brutality? What police brutality? (toon)

by ERIC J. GARCIA April 3, 2014 Cartoons
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Pope: ‘Quakes are message from God: Let there be gay’

by Especial Correspondents April 1, 2014 El Now
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(PNS reporting from VATICAN CITY) The recent earthquakes in Southern California are a message from God, according to Pope Francis. The Almighty, he told a visiting delegation of American Catholics Monday, will shake things up until they are more gay. “Lord knows this mortal world needs some bright flashes of color that aren’t suicide bomb […]

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Obama’s List: Pocho Ocho things more dangerous than alchohol

by Comic Saenz January 22, 2014 El Now
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Former stoner Barack Obama doesn’t think marijuana “is more dangerous than alcohol,” according to The New Yorker: “As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a […]

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From the OC: Finish this Mexican funnel cake and it’s free (video)

by MOSCA MEXICAN July 23, 2013 Cultura
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At the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa, there’s a tempting challenge for manly men — finish a gargantuan pile of fried dough (AKA a Mexican funnel cake) in 30 minutes and this exciting taste sensation is yours for free. It’s a $20 dessert, weighs five pounds and comes with whipped cream and strawberries. Of […]

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Gustavo Arellano: Summers, I turn on my inner George Clooney (toon)

by LALO ALCARAZ Y GUSTAVO ARELLANO June 6, 2013 Cartoons
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Summers are when our amigo Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano, editor of the OC Weekly, turns on his inner George Clooney. In a grisly yearly ritual, Gustavo entrusts me, POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz, with the opportunity to illustrate a comic relating some sad aspect of his tragic love life. He writes the comic script, but […]

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Meet Gustavo Almadovar, live from the O.C. (video)

by LOKI MI November 14, 2012 Cultura
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He’s young, he’s guapo and he’s on TV, mujeres!

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Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-a-Dee-Guns; Hola Anaheim, We’re Havin’ Fun

by Lalo Alcaraz July 30, 2012 Cultura
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Now in the shadows of the world’s most famous amusement park residents of Anaheim are bravely (and in some cases stupidly) confronting the Anaheim Police Department, an at times callous, authoritative government power that isn’t accustomed to being questioned even when it executes people. Crisis always spurs creativity and the most original ideas are presently […]

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Anaheim: The Tragic Kingdom (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz July 26, 2012 Cultura
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I drew this cartoon to accompany an article by Gustavo Arellano, Jefe-in-Chief of OC Weekly, about recent events in Anaheim

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Anaheim PD’s Pocho Ocho excuses for shooting civilians

by Victor Payan July 25, 2012 El Now
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The Anaheim Police Department crossed the thin blue line when its officers opened fire with non-lethal weapons on protesting women and children. Their response also resulted in a City Council meeting being flooded with angry residents, allegations of  evidence-buying, protest fires ablaze downtown and police helicopters silhouetted against Disneyland’s fireworks display. Here are the Pocho […]

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It’s hasta la vista time! Thank you, Supreme Court! (photo)

by Victor Payan June 27, 2012 El Now
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In the O.C., America’s robust debate about Arizona’s SB1070 and the Supreme Court continues. Photographed on 6/26/2012 by Victor Payan, in a parking lot in the City of Orange — Chapman Avenue near the 55 Freeway.

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