All my life I have been proud of being from Costa Mesa, a multicultural city with great neighborhoods and wonderful people. This pride has turned to embarrassment and disappointment in the wake of Costa Mesa's adoption of the Rule of Law statement and all that it entails.
I cannot help but think of the irony in light of the Costa Mesa that I grew up in. In September of 1992, during my junior year at Estancia High School, our city faced a defining moment: A student who graduated that year went onto the football field at half time, with the coach's permission, to throw the ball around with some other visiting graduates — all former footballers. Back in 1992, as I recall, Estancia's home football games were mostly played at Newport Harbor High School because the Estancia campus didn't have its own stadium.
That night the student was singled out by the Newport Beach police, who were monitoring the game. He was harassed, and when he questioned the abusive treatment, he was knocked to the ground and arrested on suspicion of being a gang member based on the color of the skin and the clothes on his back.