Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times

Gustavo Arellano

Los Angeles Times

San Antonio, TX, United States

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Past articles by Gustavo:

Column: The leaders of the union behind the hotel workers' strike

Ada Briceño, Susan Minoto and Kurt Petersen are co-presidents of Unite Here Local 11. It's believed to be the only such power-sharing arrangement in U.S. labor history. → Read More

Column: At a South Pasadena adobe, a different way to remember the Fourth of July

The 180-year-old Adobe Flores in South Pasadena is one of the last remaining structures from the time that Southern California was part of Mexico. → Read More

Huntington Beach wants to keep "obscene" books away from children. Good luck

The conservative war on books is never about the books themselves, or even the children. It’s about control, and about kneecapping the power of librarians. → Read More

'El Hijo del Pueblo' could be Imelda Padilla's theme song

'El Hijo del Pueblo' is a paean to those who decide to stick with the working class. Padilla, 35, cast herself as a woman of the people in her City Council run. → Read More

Manuel M. Moreno, the Times teen cartoonist turned pioneering animator

The story of a 13-year-old cartoonist for the L.A. Times' kid pages who became a pioneering animator. → Read More

Column: Outgoing Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon on why politicians won't save California

Next week, Anthony Rendon will step down as speaker of the California Assembly and enter the political record books. → Read More

Column: Would hate disrupt a drag story hour in gay-friendly Laguna Beach?

Social media posts trashed the Laguna Art Museum for planning a story time with a drag queen. On Saturday, both protesters and supporters turned out. → Read More

Jesse Belvin was a legend among legends in L.A.'s 1950s R&B scene. Today, his grave is mostly forgotten

Jesse Belvin was a legend among legends in L.A.'s 1950s R&B scene. Today, his grave is mostly forgotten. → Read More

Column: For some LGBTQ+ Catholics, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are a drag

Some gay Catholics side with Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez over opposition to the Dodgers honoring the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence at Pride Night. → Read More

Column: Why the Flamin' Hot Cheetos movie is both pandering and pernicious

It’s just like its namesake: snackable, though nowhere near as good as fans attest and far more problematic than they’ll ever admit. → Read More

Column: Will conservative Catholics decry Florida's Sacramento migrant dump?

Tellingly, the three main architects of Florida’s migrant-shipping strategy have ties to the Catholic Church, including Gov. DeSantis. Meanwhile, Catholics who actually read the Bible have stepped up to help the migrants stranded in Sacramento. → Read More

The untold story of the Zoot Suit Riots: How Black L.A. defended Mexican Americans

The unity of two long-neglected communities during trying times is a reminder of what we desperately need in Los Angeles. → Read More

Column: I quit Twitter for a week. I didn’t miss it. Be worried, Elon Musk

My wife and my bosses keep telling me to not waste so much time tweeting — over 1,000 times in April alone. Waste of time, my behind. I’ve gained friends and followers and writing gigs — arguably, this job! — from my torrent of tweets. → Read More

Column: Laughter and tears as family and friends remember Gloria Molina one last time

The church doors opened, and people streamed into the foyer. They grabbed a purple-lined program detailing many of Molina’s accomplishments. Assemblymember. Councilmember. Supervisor. → Read More

Column: Dodgers shouldn’t side with homophobic Catholics — invite the drag nuns

Here’s an idea, Dodgers president Stan Kasten: Invite the people who actually follow the tenets of Catholicism. → Read More

Copyrighting 'Taco Tuesday' is downright Trumpian

Taco John's has long ignored calls to let the copyright enter the public domain. Now comes a new run at it by none other than Taco Bell, filed on — when else? — Taco Tuesday. → Read More

Column: Making tamales with Gloria Molina and other stories

The eulogies are coming in for pioneering Chicana politician Gloria Molina, who died Sunday night — Mother’s Day — after a three-year battle with cancer. → Read More

Column: Horse lovers to L.A. County: Leave us alone

They gathered in the horse enclave of Pellissier Village to gripe about code enforcement, which they claim has escalated as the COVID-19 pandemic winds down. → Read More

Gloria Molina, Chicana who blazed paths across L.A. politics, dies

The legendary politician gave hope to women, Mexican Americans and Eastside residents throughout a 32-year career that transformed L.A. politics. → Read More

The impact of Joe Kapp's 'The Toughest Chicano' SI cover

Joe Kapp, the former quarterback and coach once labeled 'The Toughest Chicano' by Sports Illustrated, made a big impact as a Latino role model. → Read More