The Orange County Register Goes Back to Its Roots

A pair of very powerful strands of history anchor the Orange County Register‘s re-launch today of the Santa Ana Register as a weekly community newspaper.

One is the fact this 108-year-old publication, rolled out in the fall of 1905 as the Santa Ana Daily Register when Orange County had only about 20,000 residents, marked the beginning of the newspaper that now contains it. The other is the idea that Santa Ana city editor Theresa Cisneros’ immigrant roots date back to the same location, a few decades later. From her front-page introduction:

In the 1920s, all four branches of my family tree fled central Mexico after the revolution, seeking better opportunities for their offspring. After traversing mountains and deserts, most of them settled in Santa Anita – a small Mexican enclave on the outskirts of Santa Ana…

When my parents came of age in Santa Ana, they were the products of deep-rooted family trees. They met while attending Santa Ana High School and have been together ever since.

Famous alumni of the school include actress Diane Keaton and singer Bill Medley. The Santa Ana Register will be mailed out this month by its parent company to non-subscribing Santa Ana residents and will also be available for a limited time as a standalone newsstand item. Cisneros has been with the paper for 14 years and, coincidentally, is part of a Santa Ana Register team of 14 journalists, almost all of them bilingual.

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.