Under the cloak of darkness City of Ventura removes Padre Serra statue

Ventura County officials had the controversial Father Junipero Serra statue removed very early on July 23, in the dead of night.

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Ventura removed the Padre Serra statue that has been in front of City Hall in the middle of the night last night.   By Michael Hernandez VENTURA—City officials chose to remove the Junipero Serra statue in the middle of the night on Wednesday. Nothing but the pedestal remains along with the chain link fence.     […]

 

 


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15 Responses to Under the cloak of darkness City of Ventura removes Padre Serra statue

  1. Sylvia I Rodriguez July 27, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    William Hicks
    July 26, 2020 at 3:36 pm
    Now that there’s an empty pedestal where once was a statue, are there any suggestions as to what should be put on the pedestal?

    Just remove the pedestal too, no? Or was that too much trouble for the City Council? Wow…………………..

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  2. Sylvia I Rodriguez July 27, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    William Hicks
    July 24, 2020 at 6:22 pm
    Was there a sense of shame on the part of the decision makers, or just cowardice?

    Anyone who thought they were on the side of moral right would do this in daytime hours.

    Maybe that’s how guilty or torn they were so they did this in the wee hours of the night. U can always tell when something is wrong, to do this when they did it, really? U (the decision makers) really feel that bad? That should have told u something.

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  3. Sylvia I Rodriguez July 27, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    Mike Hunt
    July 25, 2020 at 5:17 am
    Good riddance to bad rubbish! I’m a white male who has lived in Ventura 40 years. Father Serra’s statue, a symbol of accepted murder and oppression, has always made me cringe. The Missionaries raped and pillaged their way up California. While part of our history, it is nothing to be proud of and certainly something that should NOT be a symbol of who we are today.

    As u have stated, this is a part of history that is not good but it did teach u something. U r right, the population as a whole has gotten better thanx to statues that can be used as a learning tool. But taking a stature that’s been there b4 u were even thought of wont erase the past. The past is the past, let it b. Our futures will be much better IF we don’t commit the same mistakes. That statue did serve a purpose.

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  4. Sylvia I Rodriguez July 27, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    William Hicks:

    They should erect a “sissy statue” to depict how ppl in general, have become about certain aspects of the american history. Our history is what it is n nothing we do/say now will change the past. The best we can do is learn from our history, not try n forget about it.

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  5. Sylvia I Rodriguez July 27, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Hope u guys r happy, ppls. There was a ceremony when it got erected, not even a good bye from faithful followers. Just saying, this is a a part of our history that should not be ignored n/or repeated.

    Thanx to the “sissies of the general population”, the statue that could have n that will never again be has been taken down.

    How pathetic ppl have gotten.

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  6. Sandra July 26, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    Does this mean the Ventura Police Department is going to change the image on their badges?

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  7. William Hicks July 26, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    Now that there’s an empty pedestal where once was a statue, are there any suggestions as to what should be put on the pedestal?

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    • C. Collier July 26, 2020 at 7:03 pm

      The way that things have been going in this state, I’d say maybe Stalin?

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  8. Becky July 26, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    That breaks my heart I’m sorry to see it go , i have lived here all but two years of my life and it was beautiful standing there what a shame , people need to Seattle down , let our country get back to normal as much as we can. People are sick and dying all over worry about that and your health

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  9. Steve Weigand July 26, 2020 at 10:37 am

    Seriously people, rekax. It had to go and why invite trouble. Probably saved some cash not having to deal with any protests. Happy it’s gone.

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  10. Shannon July 25, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    Removed in the middle of the night? Grow a pair Ventura. Like social media, I guess Ventura thinks if they “erase” it, it never happened?
    History is history, the good, the bad, the ugly. It cannot be changed. Change happens by moving forward and adopting new attitudes and behaviors.

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  11. Mike Hunt July 25, 2020 at 5:17 am

    Good riddance to bad rubbish! I’m a white male who has lived in Ventura 40 years. Father Serra’s statue, a symbol of accepted murder and oppression, has always made me cringe. The Missionaries raped and pillaged their way up California. While part of our history, it is nothing to be proud of and certainly something that should NOT be a symbol of who we are today.

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  12. Mike Grant July 24, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    Imagine, the Peaceful Moderate Democrats who run the City of Ventura ashamed of the Hispanic person who founded their city!

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    • Mike July 26, 2020 at 3:27 pm

      He was Spanish, not Mexican. When American politicians pander, they pander to Mexicans or their descendants. In any case, they are gutless pandering clowns.

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  13. William Hicks July 24, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    Was there a sense of shame on the part of the decision makers, or just cowardice?

    Anyone who thought they were on the side of moral right would do this in daytime hours.

    Reply

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