Statue of former governor removed after policies criticized

Statue of former governor removed after policies criticized


SAN DIEGO (AP) – A statue of former California Gov. Pete Wilson was removed from a San Diego park after critics said the governor supported laws and policies that hurt immigrants and LGBTQ community members, a newspaper reported.

The 13-year-old statue near Horton Plaza Park was removed by Horton Walk, the nonprofit that owns it, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Thursday.

Horton Walk president Steve Williams wrote in an email that no decision had been made on whether it will eventually be returned.

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“All property … whether statues or real property … must be protected,” he wrote. “With this in mind, we have decided to secure and protect the statue in a place of safekeeping.”

On Monday, representatives of Latino and gay rights groups held a news conference in front of the life-sized bronze sculpture, saying Wilson supported laws and policies that hurt their communities.

Activist Enrique Morones, who spearheaded the removal effort, told the Union-Tribune he is glad

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