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By Cindy Frazier | December 6, 2007
Fallout from the aftermath of a bitter quarrel among members of the Minuteman Project and its founder, Jim Gilchrist, is continuing to affect the anti-illegal immigration organization. Laguna Beach activist Eileen Garcia has announced her resignation from the Minuteman Project and said she plans to start her own group especially for women. Garcia achieved national prominence with the Minuteman Project and her spinoff, Gilchrist’s Angels, for women only. Garcia sued the city of Laguna Beach over the funding of a day labor hiring center that she believes fosters illegal immigrants.
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January 12, 2007
Eileen Garcia didn't plan to spend her retirement this way, but, nonetheless, she has become a thorn in the side of the city of Laguna Beach, which she contends is misusing taxpayers' money by running the controversial day labor center. The Laguna Beach resident, who is a well-known anti-illegal immigration activist and member of the controversial Minuteman Project group, recently agreed to an interview with Coastline Pilot Editor Tony Dodero to discuss what is driving her on this crusade and why she believes the press and some members of the public have painted an inaccurate picture of her and those who believe in her cause First things first, tell us about yourself.
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By Cindy Frazier | December 4, 2007
Fallout from the aftermath of a bitter quarrel among members of the Minuteman Project and its founder, Jim Gilchrist, is continuing to affect the anti-illegal immigration organization.   Laguna Beach activist Eileen Garcia has announced her resignation from the Minuteman Project and says she plans to start her own group especially for women. Garcia achieved national prominence with the Minuteman Project and her spinoff, Gilchrist’s Angels, for women only.   Garcia sued the City of Laguna Beach over the funding of a day labor hiring center that she believes fosters illegal immigrants.
NEWS
November 16, 2007
? March 2, 1993: Laguna Beach amends the Municipal Code to prohibit day laborers from soliciting work on city streets. At the same meeting, officials designate a dirt strip of Caltrans right of way along the northwest side of the 1700 block of Laguna Canyon Road as an area where laborers could go. ? 1994 : Laguna Beach plants trees to provide shade at the site as well as portable toilets. ? 1999 : Laguna Beach gives control of the site to the South County Crosscultural Council.
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By By Barbara Diamond | February 16, 2006
Judge rejects lawsuit by anti-immigration group seeking to force its way into Patriots Day event.FOR THE RECORD The sub-headline in a story in the Feb. 10 issue, "Minutemen can't march in parade," inaccurately described the Minuteman Project as anti-immigration. . An Orange County Superior Court Judge ruled Tuesday that the Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade Assn. has the legal right to decide who marches in the event. Judge Michael Brenner denied a Minuteman Project request for a temporary restraining order to force the association to allow the Minutemen into the parade.
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By BARBARA DIAMOND | March 10, 2006
The 2006 Patriots Day Parade started with a hitch, but ended without a glitch. Laguna's Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legionaires stepped in for the U.S. Marine Mounted Color Guard when the horses pulled up lame on Friday and had to be scratched from the parade, but once under way, nothing marred the day. This year's theme, "America ? Still United" was mot juste, at least on Parade Day. Fears about disruptions ended when the last entry passed the reviewing stand in front of City Hall without disruption, which supporters of the Minuteman Project threatened when the group which was denied entry in the parade.
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By Josh Aden | February 8, 2007
American flags flew high in the breeze Saturday, as anti-illegal immigration activists rallied beneath them at Laguna's Main Beach to boost support for Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo — a four-term congressman from Colorado. Demonstrators held signs and shouted slogans at cars and people passing while patriotic-themed music such as "Born in the U.S.A." and "Proud to be an American" played in the background. Though many demonstrators were members of the Minuteman Project, organizers made it clear the event was not a Minuteman Project protest, but rather a rally in support of Tancredo's campaign.
NEWS
February 10, 2006
Lagunans may be cursed -- or blessed -- to live in interesting times, and to live in an interesting place. A judge has ruled that the Patriots Day Parade Assn. may reject an entrant, the Minuteman Project, whose members consider themselves the epitome of patriotic and who freely exercise their First Amendment rights all over the country. Parade organizers rejected the group because of fears that the controversial, anti-illegal immigrant organization -- which has marched in Laguna numerous times already -- would bring a discordant note to the positive, upbeat tone of the parade.
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By By Barbara Diamond | February 3, 2006
Minuteman Project sues Patriots Day Parade Assn. and city over exclusion from event. Organizers say their decision was legal.The Minuteman Project, a group formed by James Gilchrist to keep illegal immigrants out of the country, claims it is illegally being excluded from participation in Laguna Beach's Patriots Day Parade. A complaint was filed Jan. 27 in Orange County Superior Court asking for injunctive relief, damages and declarative relief for alleged violations of the project's civil rights, and breach of contract and unfair business practices by the parade association.
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By Cindy Frazier | December 6, 2007
Fallout from the aftermath of a bitter quarrel among members of the Minuteman Project and its founder, Jim Gilchrist, is continuing to affect the anti-illegal immigration organization. Laguna Beach activist Eileen Garcia has announced her resignation from the Minuteman Project and said she plans to start her own group especially for women. Garcia achieved national prominence with the Minuteman Project and her spinoff, Gilchrist’s Angels, for women only. Garcia sued the city of Laguna Beach over the funding of a day labor hiring center that she believes fosters illegal immigrants.
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By Cindy Frazier | December 4, 2007
Fallout from the aftermath of a bitter quarrel among members of the Minuteman Project and its founder, Jim Gilchrist, is continuing to affect the anti-illegal immigration organization.   Laguna Beach activist Eileen Garcia has announced her resignation from the Minuteman Project and says she plans to start her own group especially for women. Garcia achieved national prominence with the Minuteman Project and her spinoff, Gilchrist’s Angels, for women only.   Garcia sued the City of Laguna Beach over the funding of a day labor hiring center that she believes fosters illegal immigrants.
NEWS
November 16, 2007
? March 2, 1993: Laguna Beach amends the Municipal Code to prohibit day laborers from soliciting work on city streets. At the same meeting, officials designate a dirt strip of Caltrans right of way along the northwest side of the 1700 block of Laguna Canyon Road as an area where laborers could go. ? 1994 : Laguna Beach plants trees to provide shade at the site as well as portable toilets. ? 1999 : Laguna Beach gives control of the site to the South County Crosscultural Council.
NEWS
By Josh Aden | February 8, 2007
American flags flew high in the breeze Saturday, as anti-illegal immigration activists rallied beneath them at Laguna's Main Beach to boost support for Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo — a four-term congressman from Colorado. Demonstrators held signs and shouted slogans at cars and people passing while patriotic-themed music such as "Born in the U.S.A." and "Proud to be an American" played in the background. Though many demonstrators were members of the Minuteman Project, organizers made it clear the event was not a Minuteman Project protest, but rather a rally in support of Tancredo's campaign.
NEWS
January 19, 2007
Day labor center serves city Most of the article ["Behind the Headlines: Eileen Garcia of the Minuteman Project"] in the Coastline Pilot on Jan. 12 was about Eileen rather than the issue, and since I am not in favor of Eileen's viewpoint, it's easy to pick at the article The issue you failed to mention, again, is that the United States Supreme Court has ruled that all "persons" have a right to congregate AND to solicit work. The question, then, is whether you want to maintain some order to the process or just let them be on any street corner on Pacific Coast Highway.
NEWS
January 12, 2007
Eileen Garcia didn't plan to spend her retirement this way, but, nonetheless, she has become a thorn in the side of the city of Laguna Beach, which she contends is misusing taxpayers' money by running the controversial day labor center. The Laguna Beach resident, who is a well-known anti-illegal immigration activist and member of the controversial Minuteman Project group, recently agreed to an interview with Coastline Pilot Editor Tony Dodero to discuss what is driving her on this crusade and why she believes the press and some members of the public have painted an inaccurate picture of her and those who believe in her cause First things first, tell us about yourself.
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By Barbara Diamond | August 4, 2006
Laguna Beach Day Labor Center opponents complained again to the City Council Tuesday about the continued operation of the site, while protesters demonstrated outside City Hall. The opponents have been attending council meetings to berate the city for not closing the center, which they said draws illegal immigrants. They also contend that the laborers are being exploited by employers. "Illegal immigrants are turned into slaves," said Ted Hayes, a Los Angeles advocate for the homeless.
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By Barbara Diamond | March 24, 2006
Immigration reform is the hot button in the 2006 election campaigns. Candidates for partisan and non-partisan offices on federal, state and local elections have jumped on the bandwagon, all claiming leadership in reform efforts. The issue is of special interest to Laguna Beach, which has been picketed and sued by the anti-illegal immigration Minuteman Project for alleged support of community groups they believe draw illegal immigrant workers to town. "Illegal immigration is a terrible problem that has finally come to the top of the radar screen with politicians in D.C. and Sacramento," Assemblyman Tom Harman said Tuesday at a Laguna Beach Republicans meeting.
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By BARBARA DIAMOND | March 10, 2006
The 2006 Patriots Day Parade started with a hitch, but ended without a glitch. Laguna's Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legionaires stepped in for the U.S. Marine Mounted Color Guard when the horses pulled up lame on Friday and had to be scratched from the parade, but once under way, nothing marred the day. This year's theme, "America ? Still United" was mot juste, at least on Parade Day. Fears about disruptions ended when the last entry passed the reviewing stand in front of City Hall without disruption, which supporters of the Minuteman Project threatened when the group which was denied entry in the parade.
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By Ana Maria Patino | March 3, 2006
I read with interest the letter written by Eileen Garcia (Mailbag, Feb. 24) where she tells us Barbara Diamond, a Coastline Pilot reporter, is somehow "obsessed with the Minutemen" because she covered the story of the Orange County Superior Court's denial of the Minuteman Project's application to be in our Patriots Day parade. The Minuteman Project is a vigilante organization that practices racial profiling, interferes with people's right to travel and right to be free of illegal seizure guaranteed to everyone by our United States Constitution and State Constitution.
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