Will the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial Become an Extravaganza of More Wattage?

by on July 20, 2012 · 1 comment

in Energy, Environment, History, San Diego

by Frances O’Neill Zimmerman

At 8:30 p.m. yesterday, July 18, a lot of people milled around the illuminated American flag on the eastern side of the small federally-owned Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial in La Jolla, as City Parks and Recreation Department tested a new idea to keep Old Glory flying 24/7 up there year-round.

Members of the La Jolla Parks and Beaches advisory committee had been notified to witness this run-through. I too was invited at mid-afternoon yesterday, as I was one of several who testified at that group’s last meeting against electrification and in favor of keeping the greater Mount Soledad Natural Park a dark park for viewing the night sky and the spectacular 360-degree panorama of the city below. Parks and Beaches chairman Patrick Ahern put off voting on this matter in both May and June, though it was heatedly discussed.

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avatar Frances O'Neill Zimmerman July 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Good thing there’s a Free Press and the OB Rag. La Jolla Light seems to have missed the bait-and-switch by the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Association (VMA) that wants to install 78 lights around the circumference of its entire memorial, not just two lights to illuminate the American flag as had been claimed up until now.
Also today’s LA Times said Dept. of Justice and ACLU are close to a compromise on the controversial Christian Cross which sits atop the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial and has been declared unconstitutional, but that the VMA had been denied access to the discussions.

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