- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 25, 2016

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Orange County supervisors and the Newport Beach City Council each took time to honor John Wayne - a month after the state Assembly defeated a resolution to mark the day the late actor was born after debate over decades-old racist comments.

Newport Beach council members voted 7-0 Tuesday to recognize Wayne, one of the city’s most famous residents, with a John Wayne Day. Councilman Kevin Muldoon called Wayne an American hero.

Also Tuesday Supervisor Michelle Steele gave a favorable presentation to honor Wayne this Thursday - his birthday.

The Orange County Register reports (http://bit.ly/1VihMMK ) supervisors took no action on Steel’s presentation.

The Assembly defeated the official ode to Wayne April 29 after legislators described statements he made about racial minorities and his support for the anti-communist House Un-American Activities Committee.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com

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