Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times

Gustavo Arellano

Los Angeles Times

San Antonio, TX, United States

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Past articles by Gustavo:

We need immigrants more than ever. They keep hope in this country alive

The doom and gloom that many Americans offer up on social media and in politics betrays something fundamental about this country. These days, it's immigrants who keep hope alive. → Read More

Column: How I found out California and Iowa are linked by pigs. And the NFL

Squealing newborn piglets were passed around to hold for photo ops. Cornfields surrounded us for hundreds of acres. It all seemed so perfect. Too perfect. → Read More

Column: Wendy Carrillo explains why she's running against Kevin de León

'Lights that work. Potholes that get filled,' said Carrillo, the Eastside Assembly member on her reasons for running for Kevin de León's City Council seat. 'A caretaker that actually cares about their responsibility to serve the community as an elected official.' → Read More

Column: Can an anti-immigrant bill turn Florida blue the way Prop. 187 did for California?

Florida's SB 1718 is a political grandchild of California's Prop. 187. But don't count on Latinos in the Sunshine State going Democrat the way Latinos did in the Golden State. → Read More

The Ultimate L.A. Bookshelf: Essays

The 13 most essential L.A. essays or essay collections, from Didion and Babitz and D.J. Waldie to Jan Morris, Jonathan Gold and a few rediscovered classics. → Read More

Column: Richard Alarcon is fine with his political legacy — but L.A.’s latest scandals irk him

The longtime San Fernando Valley politician on his career, the voter fraud charges that ended it and the problem plaguing L.A. politics → Read More

Harold Lloyd's silent-film classic 'Safety Last!' celebrates 100 years

Harold Lloyd's 'Safety Last!' is a famous silent film celebrating 100 years. You might have never seen it but you know about its climactic scene. → Read More

Max Arias helped LAUSD workers go on strike, but he isn't done

Max Arias fell into union organizing by accident, finding that his greatest satisfaction came not in raising his own voice but helping others find theirs. → Read More

Column: A fading mural offers a warning to candidates seeking to replace Nury Martinez

With so many competing yet intertwining narratives, there was no way I could find one spot that encompassed all the aspiring council members … or could I? → Read More

Column: Scapegoating a kumbaya interfaith group? Stay classy, Huntington Beach

A resolution passed by the Huntington Beach City Council claimed that an interfaith group had turned pre-meeting invocations into “political soapboxing opportunities.” → Read More

Column: "He brought us in closer The L.A. journey of Bishop O'Connell

The Spanish-speaking Irish immigrant stood up for his working class parishioners against federal and local officials and even his own bosses. Even after Pope Francis appointed him as a bishop in 2015, O’Connell never lost his common touch. → Read More

Column: On LAPD spending, everyone's right and everyone's wrong

I asked Police Chief Michel Moore to clear up some things about the LAPD budget. No matter what percentages or totals I threw at him, he said the city should be spending more on policing. → Read More

The conservative war against Latinx is ludicrous

In recent months, GOP members have employed “Latinx” as a wedge issue, with the idea it will drive more Latinos toward their side. → Read More

Hugo Soto-Martinez and L.A. police union's tense tango

After a staffer for Councilmember Hugo Soto-Martinez called the LAPD to watch over his broken-down Lexus, Soto-Martinez was ridiculed as a hypocrite. → Read More

Column: Why California's anti-chromers can't see the forest for the trees

We stood in front of a black Impala to admire the metal trim that spanned the length of the car’s side. One part was chromed, the other stainless steel. Which was which? → Read More

A final vigil at Farmer John for pigs that never came

It was an unexpected end to an unlikely relationship between a pork empire and animal rights activists. → Read More

Column: Voters in Kevin de León's district support recalling him. Now comes the hard part

If De León serves out the rest of his term like he plans to, then Angelenos have no one to blame but themselves. → Read More

Column: A vigil for a long-ago plane crash shows how to remember the lives of the dead

While newspapers identified the four white people on board and ran portraits, 28 Mexican passengers were labeled only as 'deportees' and buried in a mass grave. → Read More

Column: May Jose Huizar's fall be the end of the 'Eastside politico'

These native sons boast of rags-to-riches stories while amassing power that lets them enjoy bespoke suits, fancy dinners, campaign donations and other luxuries. → Read More

Column: LA Weekly's controversial publisher wants to revive OC Weekly. Should he?

OC Weekly shut down in 2019, but LA Weekly publisher Brian Calle recently bought the alternative newspaper and wants to bring it back. Can he succeed? → Read More