That’s why I was thrilled to hear that zcafé in Costa Mesa recently declared itself a “sanctuary restaurant”—the first in the county to do so. It’s not any legal distinction or a form of amnesty; all the designation declares, as defined by sponsoring orgs Restaurant Opportunities Center United and, is that the participating restaurant has “zero tolerance for sexism, racism and xenophobia” and is working to “help create the inclusive and equitable world we want to see.” What a sad world that even something as nice as this draws critics!

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