November 2, 2003
Regarding beleaguered Rev. Joseph Robillard and St. Joachim's Church in Costa Mesa. Perhaps the solution is really contained in the misstatement of Bishop Jaime Soto quoted on the front page of the Daily Pilot ("Bishop addresses problems at St. Joachim's," Oct. 17). Soto twice refers to St. Joachim's as a "Westside" parish. St. Joachim's is on the Eastside. Most of the Latinos live on the Westside. Perhaps what is really needed is a new parish on the Westside, which would be exclusively Latino.
August 26, 2004
Deepa Bharath Mendez vs. Westminster was a historic case that changed education for Latinos in Orange County. Yet most people familiar with Brown vs. Board of Education, which sent out a clarion call to end segregation in public schools, don't know about this landmark case that happened seven years before Brown, said Leda Albright, director of Families Costa Mesa. The nonprofit organization, which serves as a family resources center, will screen an award-winning documentary by KOCE today at the Lion's Park Neighborhood Community Center that explains the Mendez case many Latinos haven't even heard about, Albright said.
April 4, 2003
Regarding "Where did all the rhetoric go," by Lolita Harper, Monday. The Daily Pilot should be ashamed for running Lolita Harper's column that uses the tragic death of Marine Jose Garibay to further Harper's apparent agenda of excusing illegal immigration. When Harper called me, a private citizen -- not a public figure or a politician -- asking for comments on this tragedy, I repeatedly told her that I did not want to comment. When she persisted, I told her that if the Daily Pilot absolutely had to have my comments about something that I did not want to comment on, that I would write a column, for which the Pilot could pay me. After all, the Pilot pays Harper for writing her thoughts, which mostly seem to be about Harper herself.
July 9, 2003
June Casagrande Councilman Dick Nichols appeared in public for the first time Tuesday night since coming under fire for racially charged statements. Chambers were packed with community members impassioned on each side of the issue. Council members debated whether to take action against Nichols for numerous comments they considered insensitive to Latinos. "The issue is bringing nationality into a policy issue where it doesn't belong," said Councilman Gary Adams referring to Nichols' prior comments regarding "Mexicans" using Corona del Mar State Beach.
February 1, 2010
Years ago, while attending Orange Coast College, my social science professor walked into my Speech 100 class, holding five large pictures. They weren?t Picasso?s or Frida Kahlo?s world-famous replicas, but rather a few anonymous conventional pieces that one could find hanging on the walls of a nearby restaurant. She showed each picture to the class and asked us to identify them. Our topic for that week was ?On Perspectives.? We all reached consensus on three pictures. While the fourth picture, an abstract of rectangular figures, was tricky, the fifth picture was odd. All of us felt it was a pillow, except one student.
September 3, 2007
I wonder if recently resigned Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales is as irritating to conservatives as he is to Latinos. I think he must be an embarrassment to all of us who believe in the structure of our government and the importance of keeping the powers balanced and actions constitutional. With all the brainy and ethical Republicans out there and with all the brainy and ethical Latinos out there, they couldn’t find one who wouldn’t make decisions that could break the public’s faith in the government?
October 13, 2003
LOLITA HARPER The yellow tape was down. The police were gone. The alley was empty. The apartments looked deserted. Just 24 hours after a murder on the corner of Wilson Street and Placentia Avenue, there were no signs of life from the community. A stark contrast from the day before when, even with police crawling over every inch of that intersection, life seemed to go on as usual. At 1 p.m. Saturday, the neighborhood was bustling. People were walking to and from the store.
April 17, 2008
Hate crimes overall decreased significantly across Orange County in 2007, but crimes targeting certain populations rose, according to a report released by the county Thursday. Latinos, who were central to national discussions last year regarding immigration, were targeted significantly more than in 2006, the study shows. The group pointed to public debate over immigration last year for potentially triggering a backlash against Latinos. Blacks continue to be the most targeted for hate crimes, despite comprising only a fraction of the county’s population and seeing a drop-off in instances this year, the Orange County Human Relations Commission found.
August 15, 2008
Latino students in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District improved across the board in English-language arts on their most recent standardized tests, reports released Thursday show. The results for this year’s California Standardized Testing and Reporting, better known as STAR, reveal that more Latino students met or exceeded state standards for language arts than a year ago in Newport-Mesa. The California Department of Education has emphasized the need to close the “gap of achievement” between white students and African-American and Latino students.
June 27, 2003
Lolita Harper Just say the city's name, and you'll know that Latino roots are dug deep in its history. Costa Mesa means "table (or plateau) by the coast" in Spanish. Mesa Verde (green table) and Mesa del Mar (table by the sea) also boast Spanish names. Latinos, who in 1990 made up 20% of the city's population, made up 31.8% in 2000, according to the 2000 census. Despite the recent boom, the Latino population has a long history in the city, from its agricultural to industrial era and now to the service and entrepreneurial era. Mitch Barrie, a member of the Costa Mesa Historical Society, has said that many of the Latinos living in the city were farm workers who lived near the farms on the Westside.