That "the arc of the moral universe bends toward justice" was one of Martin Luther King Jr.'s firmest beliefs. Today, when I look at a map of San Diego County, I visualize that "arc of the moral universe" in a rainbow, with all the colors of humanity arched gracefully from the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean beaches to the commanding heights of Vulcan Mountain near Julian.
Under that rainbow arc of the moral universe, where others see the San Dieguito River Valley Regional Open Space Park, I see the glorious, new Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Freedom Park, embracing all 2.5 million people of San Diego.
Not only would this park memorialize and honor Martin Luther King Jr., but to so consecrate this land, our common ground, would proclaim to all that the greater San Diego community embraces the values of freedom, justice, peace, democracy, cultural diversity and the pursuit of happiness by all peoples without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin, education or bank account.
The park will be both a natural wonder and philosophical landmark. Most importantly, I see an opportunity for all San Diegans to come together in harmony and get beyond the acrimony of the Market Street and Convention Center debacles, which embittered and divided our community.