Photos: 17th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show

Photos: 17th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show

The 17th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show brought car clubs, families, teens, pin up models, rucos, rucas, and other folks together to marvel at beautiful classic and modern cars on display throughout the historic streets of Uptown Whittier. All photographs by Denise De La Cruz. Continue reading “Photos: 17th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show”

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10 Signs You Grew Up Between L.A. and O.C.

10 Signs You Grew Up Between L.A. and O.C.

Growing up in the northern middle ground of Los Angeles County and Orange County (oh, to be from Long Beach!) has its perks and cons. At times, it feels like being bi-racial, rejected by both cultures (or counties in this case.) Other times, being able to live and play in both worlds feels like a geographical blessing.

I grew up in Whittier, but I’m sure folks from other LA County towns such as La Mirada, Cerritos, Norwalk, and Diamond Bar have found themselves trying to pick a county side most fitting to them. If you’ve ever had a county existential crisis, you are not alone.

For those who grew up in Whittier or lived in a fellow bordering city, here’s a list of things you’ll find relatable.  Continue reading “10 Signs You Grew Up Between L.A. and O.C.”

Mexicans in Mexico City Talk Trump, Hillary and Border Wall—But Not the One You’re Thinking Of

Mexicans in Mexico City Talk Trump, Hillary and Border Wall—But Not the One You’re Thinking Of

I wanted to know what ordinary Mexicans living in Mexico City thought about the crazy elections and overall political madness happening in their neighbor up north. So I went down south a couple of weekends ago to find out because why not? And their answers…well, check them out yourself. Continue reading “Mexicans in Mexico City Talk Trump, Hillary and Border Wall—But Not the One You’re Thinking Of”

After a Generation in Decline, OC’s College Republicans Are Back and Stronger Than Ever

After a Generation in Decline, OC's College Republicans Are Back and Stronger Than Ever

Art by Luke McGarry

“We support free speech; let teachers teach!” chanted at least a hundred Orange Coast College (OCC) students at the school’s free-speech zone in December 2016. They stood with signs in support of Olga Perez Stable Cox, a human-sexuality professor who was in hiding at the time because of death threats. They came from around the world starting the day after the presidential election, when she stated in her class that voting for Donald Trump was “an act of terrorism.” Continue reading “After a Generation in Decline, OC’s College Republicans Are Back and Stronger Than Ever”

Homes Next to the 22 Freeway Are a Graffiti Mecca—And Authorities Won’t Help to Clean It Up

Homes Next to the 22 Freeway Are a Graffiti Mecca—And Authorities Won’t Help to Clean It Up

Note: The names of some graffiti writers have been changed.

In the dead of night, six spray-can-wielding teenagers waited at the base of a chain-link fence dividing the eastbound 22 freeway from townhomes near the City Drive exit in Orange. Cars zipped by just feet away from them, but the youngsters were too busy scheming to be scared. On the other side stood their prize: the city’s Great Wall of Graffiti, a nearly 1,000-foot canvas of the backside of townhomes where nearly anyone can put up their names without fear of rivals or punishment by the law.

Continue reading “Homes Next to the 22 Freeway Are a Graffiti Mecca—And Authorities Won’t Help to Clean It Up”

How Chapman’s “Excellence In Journalism” Day Got Me an OC Weekly Job While Still In College

This time last year, I was a full-time senior at Cal State Fullerton and working as a part-time sales associate at the H&M in the Brea Mall—a common fate for many working-class, first-generation college students such as myself. Another common experience shared between me and my fellow Titans was that as graduation approached, I had no idea if what I was studying (journalism and film) was even a realistic profession worth pursuing post-graduation—the end of college angst was real. Continue reading “How Chapman’s “Excellence In Journalism” Day Got Me an OC Weekly Job While Still In College”

OC Speakly Podcast, Episode 4: Why Orange County’s Homeless Issue Won’t Go Away

For this episode of OC Weekly’s podcast, OC Speakly, I take on the homeless situation in Orange County that has exposed the county for the fake paradise that it is. Eve Garrow of the ACLU of Southern California—who’s the group’s point person on homelessness—talks to me about how Orange County’s current political stance on homelessness won’t resolve this issue any time soon. Listen here.