Suit To Stop Construction At Site Of L.A.'s Birthplace Rejected

A nonprofit group's legal attempt to stop the city's construction of a war memorial at the site of L.A.'s birthplace, El Pueblo de Los Angeles, was rejected by a Superior Court judge Monday, according to Associated Press.

We told you last week how parks, recreation and transit advocacy group City Project sued in an attempt to get the city to stop erecting its concrete memorial to Latino war heroes at Father Serra Park near Olvera Street.

City Project argued that the city did not get proper approvals for the tribute, to be called the Eugene A. Obregon Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial, which it stated would be built upon ground sacred to Native Americans and Chinese-Americans.

The area "is the rich historical site of (1) the Native American Tongva or Gabrieleño village of Yangna; (2) the birthplace of Los Angeles; (3) the Lugo House; (4) Old Chinatown; (5) the Chinatown Massacre of 1871; and (6) the first institution of higher learning in Southern California, St. Vincent's College (which is now Loyola Marymount University)," according to the organization.

Interestingly, the judge in the case did not deny these findings. Rather, the judge ruled that construction was so far along on the project that continuing on would cause further damage to the grounds.


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