The only council member to vote against the measure did so out of fear of a costly legal battle with the state. Residents are hoping the U.S. Department of Justice will stand with them as they defy the new state law.Some see this as potentially the first step of a much larger revolt against the Golden State's ruling class.

Here's hoping Los Alamitos has ignited a movement that will see citizens stand up and take back their communities from those who choose to put the protection of illegal immigrants against the safety and well-being of their own.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at barry@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.