However, many we spoke with said those aren’t the reasons they’re worried about.
“No, no, no. This has nothing to do with vandals,” San Jose resident, Paul Soto told ABC7 News. “This has absolutely everything to do with the immoral and unethical practice of acquiring land and a sense of superiority.”
Soto and others during public comment called out Fallon, a former city mayor, who is viewed by some as a colonizer and oppressor.
Another said, “This is wrong, especially today when we’re talking about equity.”
According to the city, the removal will cost an estimated $450,000 to take down.
Back at City Hall Tuesday night, there were some tense moments as former mayor Tom McEnery took questions from council.
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McEnery was instrumental in putting up the statue and at the meeting, maintained history matters.
“Sins and oppression and mistakes, all of those happened under each flag,” former Mayor McEnery told council. “And they deserve to be excoriated and they have been. I think many people have done it appropriately in San Jose, and appropriately nationally.”
However, many said they not only want to see it go, they want it gone.
City staff said San Jose cannot destroy the statue because doing so would be against federal and state laws protecting an artist’s work.
Mayor Sam Liccardo’s office shared this statement with ABC7 News: “I’ve supported removing the Fallon Statue for many reasons, among them that we have higher priorities for our understaffed police than chasing vandals away from statues of minor historical figures. Above all, it’s time to refocus our energies from tearing down statues, to building solutions for the many thousands of our residents who suffer in homelessness, struggle to pay rent, or mourn loved ones lost in this pandemic.”