Removal of Park Cross: City Cave-in or Prudent Compromise?
Story and photos by Diane Andrews
The removal of the controversial 14-foot, white granite Latin cross that was the focal point of Memorial Cross Park at the intersection of Martin Ave. and De La Cruz Blvd., Santa Clara on Dec. 27, 2016, went unreported until Santa Clara resident Guy Sudano brought it to the attention of local media, including the Santa Clara WEEKLY.
The memorial cross was the subject of a U.S. District Court complaint against the City of Santa Clara, filed April 20, 2016, by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). At the heart of the now moot issue is the debate over whether the cross is a religious symbol or a historical marker.
The memorial cross, a gift to the City from the Santa Clara Lions Club, was placed at the then undeveloped site in 1953 to mark the location of the official second site of Mission Santa Clara de Asis, founded in 1777. The FFRF and its members, including Santa Clara resident Andrew DeFaria, a co-plaintiff in the lawsuit, argued that the cross was a religious symbol and thus, that displaying the cross on public property violated the separation of church and state.
Say More About That: Anna Deavere Smith’s SCU Conversation
Story by Maria Judnick
SCU’s Music Recital Hall filled to capacity on Feb. 7 as Anna Deavere Smith–one of SCU’s 2016-2017 Frank Sinatra Artist-in-Residence–spoke on “The Art of Communication” before an extensive Q&A.
While Smith is well-known for her television work–she played Dr. Nancy McNally on The West Wing and Gloria Akalitus...