The American River Current

New Tide sprinter making own waves

Former standout athlete Diondre Batson holds the gastest college 100-meter time this year after running a 10.06 at the Spec Towns National Team Invitational. (Photo by Daniel Romandia)

Carlos Guerrero and Carlos Guerrero

May 8, 2013

Former standout athlete Diondre Batson holds the fastest 100-meter time this year after running a 10.06. University of Alabama junior sprinter Diondre Batson was the fastest man in the world this year, for about a week. “It was exciting,” Batson, the American River College record holder in the 1...

El Futuro de California

El Futuro de California

Carlos Guerrero and Carlos Guerrero

May 8, 2013

The future of California will be vastly different than what it is now, and I’m not talking about metallic, shiny buildings or flying cars. Those should have been here by now anyway. I’m talking about the color of California, or more specifically, the people. According to Califoniawatch.org,...

So close to Hollywood, yet so far away

So close to Hollywood, yet so far away

Carlos Guerrerro and Carlos Guerrero

April 24, 2013

Quick, think of a prominent Mexican actor or star. When George Lopez, who barely counts, comes to mind first, there is an issue. There have been few portrayals of Mexicans in any American pictures and television shows that aren’t blindingly obvious to stereotypes. It’s gone on for years and...

In Our Heads- Carlos Guerrerro

Carlos Guerrerro and Carlos Guerrero

April 24, 2013

Book: Zombie Spaceship Wasteland - Patton Oswalt - On top of being a really funny comedian and appearing on TV and in movies, Patton Oswalt shows us his writing talent His onstafe success translates well into print with this hilariously descriptive book of essays and stories. It's better if you picture h...

Arizona: a non-Mexican zone

Arizona: a non-Mexican zone

Carlos Guerrero and Carlos Guerrero

April 3, 2013

Arizona: where medical marijuana is legal, but Mexicans are not. It’s true, Arizona and Latinos haven’t had the best of relationships, as Arizona sees its southern neighbors in the same way Homer Simpson looks at Ned Flanders. Officials in Arizona have spent an awful lot of time and effort...

Mexico: still not as bad as Taco Bell

Mexico: still not as bad as Taco Bell

Carlos Guerrero and Carlos Guerrero

March 13, 2013

Mexico has got a bad reputation. Don’t drink the water, be careful of the swine flu. Add the struggles of controlling the high levels of violent crime due to the country’s ongoing drug war and you’ve got a country not even Liam Neeson would come to save you in. Perception trumps reality,...

Dios Mío, Let’s get a Latin Pope

Dios Mío, Let’s get a Latin Pope

Carlos Guerrero and Carlos Guerrero

February 27, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI gave up being pope for Lent. OK, maybe not, but when news broke that the pope would be retiring, it led everyone who heard the news to ask, “wait, popes can do that?” I thought it was a “for the rest of your life” type of job. Well, it isn’t. The pope announced that he would...

Sacramento comedian shows off natural talents

Former ARC student Alfonso Portela performs his stand-up comedy routine at the Comedy Spot in Midtown Sacramento on Feb. 14. (Photo by Daniel Romandia)

Carlos Guerrero and Carlos Guerrero

February 27, 2013

Sacramento comedian with ARC roots shows off natural talents. For a good comedian, the simple things we don’t think about often make for the best jokes. “I want to meet the one dad that has five very successful heterosexual sons, but is just really disappointed because he didn’t get the one ...

Here We Buy Night: more than just a game

Here We Buy Night: more than just a game

Carlos Guerrero and Carlos Guerrero

February 14, 2013

If you were in the parking lot before the game you would have thought it was game 7 of the Western Conference finals. But the contest on Saturday February 9th featured a 17-win Sacramento Kings team and the 7th seeded Utah Jazz. With the news about the sale of the Kings, the filing of relocation...

Most exclusive country in the world

Most exclusive country in the world

Carlos Guerrera and Carlos Guerrero

February 13, 2013

America is like the exclusive nightclub everyone wants to get into, and immigrants, especially Mexicans and Latinos, are near the bottom of the list. When talking about illegal immigrants, I’ll hear too often, “Why don’t they just get legalized?” The truth is: it’s a hard and long process...

¡Viva la Mexican food!

¡Viva la Mexican food!

Carlos Guerrera and Carlos Guerrero

December 5, 2012

First, we took over California. We’ll soon take the U.S., and now your snack food. That’s right. The last part of the take over is aimed at America’s pudgy stomach. But this is not something out of the blue. For years now, Mexican inspired foods have been rising in popularity, making them...

Los Rios to see increased funding with Proposition 30’s passing

Carlos Guerrero and Sergio Portela

November 25, 2012

ARC students react after Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax plan wins with 53.9 percent of vote Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax plan, passed 53.9 percent to 46.1 percent on Nov. 7. The plan known as the “schools and local public safety protection act” creates four separate tax brackets for high...

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