LAist Interview: Gustavo Arellano
Gustavo Arellano is an investigative journalist who lives in Anaheim and writes the "¡Ask a Mexican!” column for the "OC Weekly." Gustavo's story on a disabled Iraq War vet was nominated as a PEN Literary Journalism finalist this year and he regularly publishes kick ass stories on the Catholic Diocese of Orange, including this week's article about how the Los Angeles archdiocese hid pedophile priest in Orange County for decades.
He takes a moment from his busy schedule to answer some questions for LAist from an Orange County perspective.
Age and Occupation:
26, Investigative Reporter/Food Editor/ “¡Ask a Mexican!,” the country’s best newspaper after Weekly World News. Sometimes-contributor for NPR’s "Day to Day." Bi-weekly guest on KPCC-FM 89.3’s "AirTalk with Larry Mantle." Frequent guest on "The Al Rantel Show" on KABC-AM 790. Like all Mexicans, I have multiple jobs and get paid next to nothing.
How long have you lived in Southern California, and which neighborhood do you live in?
Why do you live in Orange County?
Orange County is the best place in the country to live in as a journalist. We have corrupt politicians, kooky Christians, airheaded blonds, the country’s largest concentrations of Vietnamese and Mexicans (look it up!), the best owner in baseball, and a region that is finding its identity after years of being the stepchild to the Los Angeles behemoth. And, no: I don’t visit Disneyland. That’s for the idiot Iowans.
Where are you from? I’ve lived my entire life in Anaheim, where my great-grandfather moved to a century ago to pick oranges in groves that Progress would later bulldoze to create Thomas Jefferson Elementary—my elementary school. Anaheim in specific and Orange County in general is, then, my ancestral home—something few Orange Countians can say.