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    Pictorial | Defend Father Serra – Protest to Celebrate City’s Founder – Return Monument to Rightful Place in Ventura

    From the organizers press release :  On July 23rd, the City of Ventura took down our Father Serra Monument under cover of darkness.  The Coalition for Historical Integrity has filed a lawsuit to investigate the legality of the decision. Join us for a peaceful demonstration to demand the return of our Father Serra monument and ask that the Ventura City Council and County Board of Supervisors respect and preserve our diverse, beautiful California history!  Their Facebook Page

    Photos by David Pu’u:

    Photos by David Pu’u Biography:

    David Pu’u is a Photographer, Cinematographer and Writer with broad experience ranging from editorial publication, to television and feature film production. For the past 20 years David has been a leader in the imaging community through his contributions to both new technology and uses of high-speed motion capture in film and digital 3D formats, which have been featured prominently on the global stage. 

    Currently David works as lead creative and CEO of Neocreative Inc, which develops and licenses IP related to Photography, Literature and Film. He has held a Federal Certification as a Rescue Boat Operator and First Responder via K38 Maritime, and has received extensive training in risk assessment and mitigation in marine environments.  

    David is the CEO for Ocean Ohana Inc., which operates Betty Belts, an  international Corporation, designed to  educate and organize the Ocean Community, and which creates, manufactures, markets and retails ocean centric product, that features both social and environmentally sustainable themes.

    David has also contributed to the Think Tank type projects of the Sea-Space Initiative and Blue Mind, both working in, and leading, study groups in the Google and Washington DC Summits, as well as presenting at Blue Mind and working in group study at ARUP in San Francisco.

    Credits

    Staff Photographer: Surfing Magazine, Senior Staff Photographer: Surfer Magazine

    Feature writer and Photographer: The Surfers Journal, The Surfers Path, LongBoard Magazine, Deep Magazine, Nalu Magazine, Surfers. De Magazine, Blue Magazine Japan, Surf Life Japan, Surf Life for Women, Santa Barbara Magazine, Agency Photographer for Corbis Images, Sygma News and Getty Images

    Cover and-or Feature Photographer:

    Sports Illustrated, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, New York Post, Mens Journal, Standup Paddler Magazine, White Horses Australia, Fluir Brazil, Surfing Life Japan

    Content Creator NRF the Big Show’s “Store of the Future” Project at Javitz Center NYC (stills and motion)

    Films

    Film: Atticus, Art Dept and Production stills. Hallmark Entertainment

    Film: My Sister’s Keeper. Art Dept and Production stills. Hallmark Entertainment.

    Film: A Question of Faith, Production Photographer. Tim Disney Productions

    Film: Alien Deep. Segment Director, Cinematography Director and Water Unit Coordinator: Nat Geo 3D production.

    Film: Hearing is Believing, Cinematography Director under Director Lorenzo DeStefano

    Brand Development Photographer and Cinematographer for:

    Surf Chick Inc, Hobie International, Hobie Sports, Hobie Eyewear, Hobie Men, Hobie Girl, Betty Belts, Ocean Ohana Inc,  K38 Rescue Intnl., Coastal Classics, Deep Magazine, Wetsand Inc.

    Books

    Surfer Magazine: “The History of Surfing” Cover and content imagery“The Surf Story Project” (1and2)  Photography, stories and content development.


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    William Hicks
    William Hicks
    2 years ago

    This would be a challenge to return the statue back to where it belongs. Just remember, you will probably have to fight this in court and the weak part of that is that you will have to fight it with private funds while city council will fight it with your tax dollars unless you can find a pro-bono lawyer.

    SO, your best chances of returning the statue may be by replacing EVERY council member and replacing them with actual leaders.

    Steven Schleder
    Steven Schleder
    2 years ago

    … there is no such town as Ventura.

    Incorporation name is the City of San Buenaventura.

    I’ll just leave it at that.

    William Hicks
    William Hicks
    2 years ago

    AND?

    Ed
    Ed
    2 years ago

    I think we should replace it with a statue of a Dolphin or maybe a Seal or another of our magnificent local wildlife.

    I’m half Spanish in descent (from Spain), and I don’t think we need to keep a statue of Serra to remember history. The king of Spain during Serra’s time was Charles III – so if – as people claim – we need statues to remember history then we’d really need to put up a statue of Charles the III there, and probably some of King George of England back East.

    William Hicks
    William Hicks
    2 years ago
    Reply to  Ed

    How about the Santa Statue from Santa Claus Lane or a Bob’s Big Boy Statue. That would reflect the mentality of the current city council members.

    Donna Bennett
    Donna Bennett
    2 years ago

    The idea of trying to please all the self centered bias seen in removing a beautiful piece of art that definitely enhanced the city of VENTURA Is absurd. It just shows how sick our local culture is.

    William Hicks
    William Hicks
    2 years ago
    Reply to  Donna Bennett

    As I remember, the hallways of Ventura City Hall have photo’s or paintings of past and present city council members. How about removing all those offensive images of past and present failed leaders. It wouldn’t take much to prove they “offend” someone.

    KEN
    KEN
    2 years ago

    Father Serra baited with food then attempted to coerce the Native Americans to drop their culture and religion and replace it with his religion.

    If those Native Americans who accepted his food hand outs did not forsake their culture and religion he beat and chained them for a period of time in an effort to separate them from their families and tribe.

    Father Serra worked in generally the same way as Cortez did to conquer the Native Americans and destroy their culture and religion.

    Should the statue of Father Serra, a religious Conquistador, have been taken down?

    You bet, years ago.

    William Hicks
    William Hicks
    2 years ago
    Reply to  KEN

    OK, we have your history lesson and I’ll bet there’s a different version by Serra’s proponents. Is removing the statue teaching a positive lesson, or could there have been a better way?

    Randy
    Randy
    2 years ago

    I really haven’t seen that many Stalin, Hilter, Benedict Arnold or Atilla the Hun monuments. Have you?

    C. Collier
    C. Collier
    2 years ago
    Reply to  Randy

    Well, there is a statue of Lenin in Seattle. No big surprise there. It is still currently undamaged amid the “unrest”. Again, no big surprise there, either.

    Josh Kaye-Carr
    Josh Kaye-Carr
    2 years ago

    Please stop publishing false information. Fr. Serra DID NOT found the City of Ventura. He established Mission San Buenaventura among many others. Your title is misleading at best and fake news at worst.

    C. Collier
    C. Collier
    2 years ago
    Reply to  Josh Kaye-Carr

    You do have a point there. There are probably some that have a bit of confusion about it. Yes, Fr. Serra established the mission, but the city might not ever have been founded without it.

    William Hicks
    William Hicks
    2 years ago
    Reply to  Josh Kaye-Carr

    SO Josh, what should we rename San Francisco?

    Alan
    Alan
    2 years ago

    The period of time in which father Serra and his fellow missionary fathers were working to spread the word of god and creat the missions through out California was time of much change and yes the native people were deeply impacted in what has become a focus of disappointment for me . When I first came to Ventura back in the late sixties, I will never forget my first view looking from the base of California street all the way up to the mountains.
    It was like being transported back in time when I looked at the prominent statue of father Serra. And that’s what brings me to this point. We all have our personal thoughts about religion and how it has in some cases brought goodness in mans efforts to be thankful for the life we have and of course it also conjures the thoughts of the worst in man. Thats why I believe we should leave MONUMENTS IN PLACE SO WE NEVER FORGET BOTH THE GOOD AND BAD.,

    William Hicks
    William Hicks
    2 years ago
    Reply to  Alan

    Well stated Alan.

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