Our June 21 editorial, “New rule ignores California’s past,” was based on a tongue-in-cheek column by Patt Morrison of the Los Angeles Times and was incorrect.

We regret the error.

The editorial cited Morrison’s June 10 column in which he said Californians were going to court to halt enforcement of an “obscure clause” in Proposition 227, the recently passed initiative curtailing bilingual education.

Morrison said cities with non-English names would have to be renamed “Saint Francis” or “The Angels,” that restaurant menus would have to retitle guacamole as “mashed avocado flavored with cilantro …” and so on.

A Times staffer said the column was obviously satire. To one reading Morrison for the first time, that might not have been so clear.

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