Arthur Palomino, Son of Mendez, et al v. Westminster, et al Plaintiff, Passes Away

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Don't even have a photo of Arthur that I can use...
For far too long, I've railed about history in Orange County, not only the lack of it, but then the warping of the tale once it gets told. And no case is more emblematic of this problem than our most famous civil rights case, Mendez, et al v. Westminster, et al. Anyone who knows about the case can tell you the story of the Mendez clan inside and outside; sharper observers can tell you about Lorenzo Ramirez, the plaintiff from the El Modeno (now Orange) school district.

And then...nothing. What do people know about the Estradas of Westminster? The Guzmans of Santa Ana? The Palominos of Garden Grove? Why must it fall upon this rag to write the first obituary on Arthur Palomino, one of the children in the Mendez, et al. case, who passed away last week--and no one in the media gave a damn, including us?

Palomino was a kid attending a Mexican-only school in Garden Grove, when his father Frank decided to sue the Garden Grove School District alongside Thomas Estrada, Ramirez, Gonzalo Mendez, and William Guzman. And...that's all I can tell you about Palomino--pathetic. I once had a chance to interview Arthur, do a story on him, even, but the idea was rejected--too much on the Mendez, et al families, went the excuse. Should've done it anyway.

Rest in piece, Arthur: a nation is grateful for your contributions to make this country a better place for all. May we remember you better in death than we did while you were alive...

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Phyllis Ramirez Zepeda
Phyllis Ramirez Zepeda

Gustavo,I am Phyllis Ramirez Zepeda , daughter of Lorenzo Ramirez from El Modena. You interviewed me and my family a while back. The story you wrote sounded as though we were jealous of the accolades the Mendez' family  was receiving. I am happy to read this article and read that all the families need to receive the same credit as the Mendez.  We know that "et al" means OTHERS OF EQUAL IMPORTANCE. El Modena High School honored my father's involvement in the case by naming it's library the LORENZO A. RAMIREZ LIBRARY. I wish that there was some recognition in Santa Ana named after the Guzman family, in Garden Grove recognition for the Palomino family and in Westminister recognition for the Estrada family. Both the Mendez and the Estrada families were from Westminister.

mitch young
mitch young

And yet, 22 years later, Mexicans were pushing for 'bilingual education' in order to self-segregate, perserve their 'culture'.

What a bunch of hypocrits.

Phyllis Ramirez Zepeda
Phyllis Ramirez Zepeda

Mitch,Bi-lingual Education was intended to integrate non-English speakers into our English speaking society. The key word is integrate not segregate.Not many know that the suit that brought Bi-lingual Education was begun by Chinese from San Francisco.


@Westside Activist  Frank Palomino was my great uncle, what a treat to see those pictures.  Thanks!

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