Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times

Gustavo Arellano

Los Angeles Times

San Antonio, TX, United States

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Recent articles by Gustavo:

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

Column: With In-N-Out, Tennessee officials are double-doubling down on California

In-N-Out made headlines after announcing it will open up shop in Tennessee. But lost in the hubbub is the state's use of California to solve an identity crisis. → Read More

It's flooding in California. But the 1938 flood was worse

Southern California's deadliest flood happened 85 years ago. We visit its few monuments to learn about the devastation left behind. → Read More

Who's stealing the statues of Pancho Villa and other Mexican heroes from an L.A. park?

El Parque de Mexico in Lincoln Heights once housed dozens of statues dedicated to Mexican heroes. But over the past decade, thieves made off with almost all of them → Read More

Column: 2022 was the year Latino politicians became the ultimate villains

For decades, Latino politicians were seen as paragons of the community they came from. But after 2022, maybe people shouldn't think that way anymore → Read More

Column: Elon on Mars, a Dodgers GOAT and other guaranteed predictions for 2023

L.A. Times columnist Gustavo Arellano has an uncanny ability to not be able to predict the future. But last year, two of his 2022 predictions came true — both of them bad news. Will 2023 be better? → Read More

Goodbye to Canelo the dog, my family's chocolate Labrador

Canelo had a sweet countenance, unless you were a cat or a small dog. We called him Canelito (Little Canelo), and I’d always refer to him as a travieso Pokémon — a mischievous Pokémon. → Read More

¡Feliz Navidad! The 24 best Christmas songs en Español

From Puerto Rican salsa to Bronx bachata to Mexican balladry — and something of a surprise at No. 1 — here's the perfect playlist for your holiday season. → Read More

Haters, leave Kevin de León alone. He’s playing ustedes

For the past year, Councilmember Kevin De León and his most ardent critics have played a game of Spy vs. Spy against each other — with De León winning again and again → Read More

¡Feliz Navidad! The 24 best Christmas songs en Español

From Puerto Rican salsa to Bronx bachata to Mexican balladry — and something of a surprise at No. 1 — here's the perfect playlist for your holiday season. → Read More

A tour of L.A.'s radical past with new council members

More than 100 years ago, Ricardo Flores Magón and his followers helped spark the Mexican Revolution from Los Angeles. What lessons could they teach the city's newest progressive council members? → Read More

Latinos star in more Hollywood's fantasy flicks than real-life tales

Seeing Latinos play heroes onscreen is downright historic. But while "Andor," "The Mandalorian" and their fantasy peers find fame, Latino-themed shows set in the real world keep getting canceled. → Read More

Can Robert Luna solve L.A. County Sheriff's Department's problems?

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department suffers from a myriad of problems, from deputy gangs to scandalous jails. Here's how newly elected Sheriff Robert Luna plans to solve them. → Read More

Column: Can a nice guy like Robert Luna lead as L.A. County sheriff?

Incoming L.A. County Sheriff Robert Luna frequently mentions his negative encounters with the department as a teen as motivation for reforming it. Can his strategy succeed? → Read More

The Indio International Tamale Festival has made masa dreams come true for 30 years

For 30 years, the Indio International Tamale Festival has allowed entrepreneurs the chance to showcase their food. We visit three to hear their stories. → Read More

Column: What $104 million could buy, instead of a failed mayoral run

Rick Caruso spent more than $104 million on his failed mayoral run, a record in American politics. How big is that number? We count the many ways → Read More

Column: Want to see more Latinos in books? Start by reading these

In an era where Latino representation in books is still sorely lacking, four books released in 2022 show what happens when authors take it upon themselves to tell their community's tales. → Read More

Column: I met Club Q hero Rich Fierro and his wife years ago. They’ve always been atrevidos

I said a prayer for the deceased, bemoaned our nation's gun laws and moved on. Hopefully, the Fierros weren't among the affected, I thought. → Read More