Gustavo Arellano

Sarah Rafael Garcia’s LibroMobile bookstore has evolved from its original home on a planter cart into a location in a storage unit in downtown Santa Ana. The store specializes in Spanish-language and Latin American literature and history books.

A Novel Bookstore Settles Down

Community and culture combine at Santa Ana’s LibroMobile.

UC Irvine professor Simon Penny is building a replica of a proa, a Micronesian outrigger boat, to demonstrate the sophistication of Micronesian boatbuilding and seafaring.

All Hands on Deck

UC Irvine professor and students build a 30-feet Micronesian boat once used by Pacific Islanders

fast food restaurant In-N-Out Burger is located in five states.

In-N-Out is So … So-So

Admit it. The beef is unremarkable, the buns are wan, and the tomatoes don’t taste like tomatoes. Lettuce is the only good part of these burgers

Muslim customers line up and chow down at a Taco Trucks at Every Mosque event at the Islamic Society of Orange County in Garden Grove, illustrating the increasing ethnic diversity and mix in Orange County.

Orange Blossoms

In the formerly white bastion of Orange County, where minorities are now the majority, brown is the new Orange. The impact on the county’s politics, culture and economics is enormous.

Ode to Car Chases

With helicopters and TV cameras in hot pursuit, freeway car chassis are some of L.A.’s best entertainment. Gustavo Arellano applauds a favorite (albeit unintentional) genre.

Murals Under Siege

Chicano murals up and down the coast of California are in danger of disappearing but a new exhibit at the California Historical Society aims to protect and preserve these large-scale art pieces.

Latin music album covers

L.A.’s Latin Love

“The Tide is High” is an incomplete history of Latino music in Southern California — and that’s part of its appeal. Gustavo Arellano reviews a new — and impossible — book.

The Advocate

John Manly busted pedophile priests. Now he’s representing hundreds of America’s top gymnasts who allege they were sexually abused by their team's doctor.

Twitter Jailbird

Gustavo Arellano recounts how an online social media war with, among others, Donald Trump Jr., got him temporarily locked in Twitter jail.

Aguachile with Hokkaido scallop, cucumber, citrus and serrano pepper

New Mexican

It started in a food truck, and then went upscale. Is Costa Mesa's Taco Maria the most important restaurant in California right now?