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Journalist Gustavo Arellano in Conversation with Will Hearst

The future of political power in the United States may be determined by what happens in the congressional districts in Orange County, California, once a conservative bastion. Today, however, Orange County has become a very different place than it once was, with a high percentage of minorities remaking its politics and economics. No one understands the changes happening there better than journalist Gustavo Arellano.

The former publisher and editor of Orange County’s alternative weekly, OC Weekly, Arellano is now the California columnist for the Los Angeles Times’ op-ed section and a sought-after essayist for numerous publications and a frequent commentator on radio and television. He penned the award-winning syndicated column, “¡Ask a Mexican!,” and is the author of Orange County: A Personal History and Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. In the winter issue of The Journal of Alta California, Arellano takes on the changes going on around him in Orange County as only Arellano can.

Please join us as Arellano and editor and publisher of Alta magazine, Will Hearst, discuss changes in Orange County, the growing voice of Latinos in California politics and culture, and Arellano’s rise as an original and influential voice on California life.

Gustavo Arellano is the former editor of OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County, California; author of Orange County: A Personal History and Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America; and a lecturer in the Department of Journalism at Orange Coast College. Arellano has been the subject of press coverage in national and international newspapers, “The Today Show,” “Hannity,” “Nightline,” “Good Morning America” and “The Colbert Report,” and his commentaries regularly appear on NPR and in the Los Angeles Times.

William R. Hearst III is chairman of the board of Hearst, one of the nation's largest diversified media and information companies. Hearst is a grandson of company founder William Randolph Hearst. He founded and launched The Journal of Alta California in 2017.


In association with The Journal of Alta California

October 11, 2018

The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero
Rembe Rock Auditorium
San Francisco, 94105
United States

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Gustavo Arellano
Former Editor, OC Weekly; Author, Orange County: A Personal History and Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America
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William R. Hearst III
Chairman of the Board, Hearst; Founder, The Journal of Alta California