I'm not entirely new to Mexican & Latin American music in general. We had a great Latin/Hispanic music coordinator & DJ at WBRS for the ~15 years I was there, who had a show right after mine for many of those years, and who built up quite a solid collection. We had separate subsections in our CD library for things like "Tejano", "Norteno", and "Cumbia", and I learned how to figure out what music went in which subsection, and what a "ranchera" or a "corrida" is. However, I don't remember hearing much music that reminded me of Julieta Venegas like this.
That makes me wonder: Is there a whole musical cluster of specifically Southern Californian Mexican music, that Jose at WBRS didn't play much of, but that I would really like if I heard more of?