The Laguna Beach Patriot's Day Committee may have a fight on its hands in rejecting the Minuteman Project from marching in the March 4 parade.
Minutemen founder Jim Gilchrist vows to file a lawsuit on the grounds of discrimination, and he could have a case.
Parade organizers didn't ask or want to tangle with Gilchrist, whose group has been protesting since last spring at the city's job center on Laguna Canyon Road. The protests have been greeted with disgust by most in the community, who remember the days when day-labor seekers were gathered on the city's sidewalks and street corners willy-nilly, instead of being accommodated in an organized fashion with facilities and toilets.
Worse, the Minutemen's fight over "patrolling the nation's borders" has attracted some most unsavory elements -- such as Nazi sympathizers toting swastikas -- to freedom-loving Laguna.