Immigration attorney Rock Kendall doesn't live or work in Santa Ana.
But he has taken issue with the city over something that he says affects residents everywhere.
In Santa Ana's downtown civic center, the Plaza of the Flags flies the colors of every state, including Mississippi and Georgia, which incorporate the Confederate banner in their state flags.
"Today, for many Californians, the Confederate flag is a symbol of hate, a symbol of racism, a symbol of exclusion," Kendall, who lives in Dana Point, said in a written statement.
Cleve Williams, city director of parks and recreation, said the flag display was meant to beautify the plaza and instill national pride.