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SERRA STATUE REMOVED | Controversial statue moved to temporary storage

Pictured: The bronze statue of St. Junipero Serra lays in a truck for transport to storage on July 23, 2020. Photo by Ben Leaños.  by Kimberly Rivers Bare concrete is all that remains at the spot where a statue of St. Junipero Serra has stood since 1936. Crews started work before dawn on Thursday, July 23, to hoist the statue from its long-held perch in front of Ventura City Hall.  The statue will be placed into storage until details regarding its new placement, potentially at the San Buenaventura Mission, can be arranged.  “I feel great, this is definitely...

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VENTURA VOTES TO REMOVE SERRA STATUE | City action could be challenged in court

Pictured: The St. Junipero Serra Statue in front of Ventura City Hall on July 15, 2020. Photo by Erich Schaffer.  by Kimberly Rivers On Wednesday, July 15, in a 6-0 vote, the Ventura City Council voted to permanently remove both the bronze and wooden statues of St. Junipero Serra from city property.  “The City is working out the logistics of moving the statues into temporary storage.  We hope to have them moved soon, as in within a week, maybe sooner,” said Peter Gilli, community development director for Ventura on Thursday, July 16. The statues will be stored temporarily...

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POWER TO SPEAK | What’s next for two Junipero Serra statues in Ventura?

by Maria Loveday An immigrant from Finland named John Palo Kangas, who was a Civilian Conservation Corps employee during the Franklin Delano Roosevelt administration’s New Deal era (1933-1943), sculpted the original Serra statue (made of concrete) that was first installed in front of Ventura City Hall in 1936. It was commissioned by the city of Ventura and funded by the Works Progress Administration, which was one of the New Deal programs. Kangas learned of Serra from several Franciscan friars in Ventura and Santa Barbara. These interactions informed Kangas’s view of who Serra was and influenced his sculptural design.  Over...

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SERRA STATUE STILL STANDS | Meeting set for July 7

Pictured: The statue of St. Junipero Serra in front of Ventura City Hall on June 20, 2020. Photo by Kimberly Rivers.  by Kimberly Rivers As of press deadline, the bronze statue of St. Junipero Serra still stands in front of Ventura City Hall amidst demands for it to  be removed or taken down.  “In recent weeks, the City of Ventura has received a groundswell of feedback from the public on the Father Junipero Serra statue. We want the community to know that we are receptive to their concerns and seek to provide a peaceful environment where all voices...

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“SAVE FOR THE MISTAKES I HAVE MADE” | Examining the legacy of St. Junipero Serra

Pictured: People calling for the removal of the St. Junipero Serra statue, with a few dozen supporters of the statue, protest in front of Ventura City Hall on Saturday, June 20, 2020. Photo by Kimberly Rivers by Kimberly Rivers On Saturday, June 20, about 200 people gathered around the base of the bronze sculpture of Saint Junipero Serra located in front of Ventura City Hall. Most were there calling for the removal of the statue. Some wanted it torn down that day, about two dozen people stood around the statue with signs supporting Serra, and others prayed nearby. ...

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