We want to show you the “Real OC.” Join us.

Dear friends,

I couldn’t be more pleased to share with you what I’ve been working on for the past year.

My name is Johan Moreno and I’m the editor of OC Native. I was born and raised in Orange County. I graduated from UC Irvine. I stuck around and started my career in journalism in Orange County. I did this all by choice. I love where I grew up and I love where I live. And I hope that I’ll get to stay here for the rest of my life.

At OC Native, we have the goal of showing you the “Real” Orange County.

What do I mean?

Earlier this year, BuzzFeed posted this listicle of “22 OC Things You Have to Do In The OC.” Scroll through the list and you’ll see no mention of Little Saigon, Downtown Santa Ana or Old Town Orange.

We want to show the world that Orange County is more than just beaches and Disneyland.

OC Native will highlight our vibrant, diverse community of artists, foodies and visionaries. We want to bring you what’s hot and what’s next, from a local’s perspective.

And unlike other legacy publications in Orange County, we won’t crown Baskin-Robbins as the “Best Ice Cream in OC.” We promise.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @followocnative.

If you have feedback or are interested in contributing to our site, shoot me a line at johan@198.199.117.204. We’d love to hear what you have to say!

All the best,

Johan Moreno, Editor of OC Native

Originally posted 2016-04-12 21:50:28.

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