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OC Weekly
Type Alternative weekly
Owner(s) Duncan McIntosh Co
PublisherCynthia Rebolledo
Editor Matt Coker
Ceased publicationNovember 27, 2019
Headquarters18475 Bandilier Cir.
Fountain Valley, California 92708
Circulation45,000 (2016) [1] [2]

OC Weekly was a free alternative weekly paper distributed in Orange County and Long Beach, California. OC Weekly was founded in September 1995 by Will Swaim, who acted as editor and publisher until 2007. [3]

The paper was distributed at coffee shops, bookstores, clothing stores, convenience stores, and street boxes. OC Weekly printed art and entertainment listings for both Orange and Los Angeles counties. As of 2016, it had a total circulation of 45,000 papers [1] with an estimated readership of 225,000. [4]

On November 27, 2019, Duncan McIntosh Co. announced the immediate shutdown of the publication.


The weekly highlighted content that critiqued local politics, personalities and culture and has been described as "what some people might politely call an edgy brand of journalism." [4] Popular features included: the syndicated column " ¡Ask a Mexican!", in which publisher Gustavo Arellano responded to reader questions about Latino stereotypes in an amusing politically incorrect manner; [5] an award-winning news blog called Navel Gazing; a food blog called "Stick a Fork in It"; and the award-winning investigative work of R. Scott Moxley, Nick Schou and Matt Coker.


Duncan McIntosh Co., Fountain Valley, California, owned the publication along with Sea Magazine, BoatingWorld, The Log, and Editor & Publisher. [1] The previous owner was Voice Media Group and was a sister publication of the LA Weekly and The Village Voice. [6] In January 2015, Voice Media Group offered the OC Weekly for sale. [6] Duncan McIntosh purchased the paper in 2016. [1] On November 27, 2019, Duncan McIntosh Co. announced the immediate shut down of the publication. [7] [8]

Awards and reputation

For his newspaper work, the publisher Gustavo Arellano received a 2014 Distinguished Journalist Award from the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the 2008 Spirit Award from the California Latino Legislative Caucus as well as awards from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, the Los Angeles Press Club and the National Hispanic Media Coalition. [9]

The OC Weekly's articles frequently targeted conservative politicians and hypocrisies within the local establishment. [3] Exposés have led to felony indictments against two consecutive Huntington Beach mayors. [3]


  1. ^ a b c d Fry, Hannah (February 6, 2016). "Newport harbor commissioner buys OC Weekly". Daily Pilot. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  2. ^ "eCirc for Consumer Magazines". Audit Bureau of Circulations. December 21, 2014. Archived from the original on July 24, 2012. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c Reza, H.G. (January 26, 2007). "OC Weekly editor quits in dispute with owners". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Lanser, Jonathan (January 27, 2015). "Anyone want a used weekly? OC Weekly up for sale". Orange County Register. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  5. ^ Tim Gaynor, " Confused by your neighbors? Then Ask a Mexican!", Reuters, 1 May 2007. Accessed 2010-10-21.
  6. ^ a b Dimartino, Mediha (January 27, 2015). "OC Weekly on Sales Block". Orange County Business Journal.
  7. ^ "Alternative paper OC Weekly is abruptly closed the day before Thanksgiving". City News Service. November 28, 2019. Retrieved November 28, 2019 – via Los Angeles Times.
  8. ^ Weekly, O. C. (November 27, 2019). "Adios Motherfuckers! Today, the day before Thanksgiving, our owner Duncan McIntosh Company has decided to shut us down. For the last quarter century, we've tried to bring good stories to Orange County. It's been fun, but now we're". @OCWeekly. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
  9. ^ "SPJ/LA Announces 2014 Distinguished Journalist Honorees". Awards. Society of Professional Journalist/ Los Angeles. November 3, 2014. Retrieved May 8, 2015.

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