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  • Council to look at sign rules

    03/26/2007 7:31:23 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 210+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 3/26/7 | Katherine Tam
    A Lafayette resident, banking on the widespread attention the hillside of crosses has claimed, is seeking property owners along Highway 24 willing to display signs on their land. Lafayette Outdoor targets parcels within 500 yards of the highway, said Tom Skenzel, who is heading the venture. Messages on the signs could range from commercial advertising to political statements. The venture would allow landowners to profit from the noise, pollution and congestion of the highway, he said. Advertisers would pay a fee to create and maintain the billboard, with the landowner receiving some revenue. "It could be a lucrative offer for...
  • Vandals hit sign at Lafayette cross display

    03/21/2007 7:48:35 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 567+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 3/21/7 | Katharine Tam
    LAFAYETTE - Someone knocked down the sign amid the crosses in Lafayette sometime Monday night or early Tuesday. The incident happened after anti-Iraq war protesters held a vigil at the hillside Monday night to remember the war dead. Supporters of the Iraq mission, who oppose the display of crosses, showed up in a counter protest that grew loud and heated at times. Police officers kept an eye on the crowd of roughly 350. On Tuesday, cross organizers propped up the sign, which states the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq, and will restore it this week, they said. This...
  • Pro-Bush demonstrators call crosses a slight to soldiers {Move America Forward - Pictures}

    03/09/2007 10:01:38 AM PST · by SmithL · 24 replies · 6,612+ views
    More than 200 demonstrators supporting the Bush administration's conduct of the Iraq war gather to protest a Lafayette hillside display of more than 3,000 crosses representing U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq.
  • Other people's crosses ....(hiding behind dead soldiers)

    11/28/2006 5:25:42 AM PST · by IrishMike · 5 replies · 845+ views
    San Fran Chron ^ | Tuesday, November 28, 2006 | Debra J. Saunders
    THIS IS a great country. Because of the sacrifice paid by U.S. troops, Americans are free to voice their opinions and no government can stop them. Indeed, Americans are even free to make dishonest arguments and hide behind dead U.S. troops as they do so. I refer, of course, to anti-war opponents who staked some 420 crosses, Islamic crescents and Jewish Stars of David in what they call a memorial to the 2,800-plus U.S. troops who died in Iraq, in Lafayette. City officials told the activists, they were free to put up crosses. But when a sign went up --...
  • Conflict in field of crosses {Move America Forward in Lafayette}

    03/09/2007 7:54:54 AM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies · 837+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 3/9/7 | Katherine Tam
    Activists on both sides of the Iraq war debate converge on hillside to wage a war of words, with little resolution - More than 200 supporters of the Iraq war and the troops fighting it descended Thursday on the crosses in Lafayette -- long a lightning rod for local anti-war protesters. Supporters waiting for a national support-the-troops caravan to stop in the city stood at the base of the hillside blanketed by crosses, and some shouted at cross organizers who stood on the hill.The parent of a soldier killed in Iraq removed his son's name from one cross."Using our son's...
  • Pro-Troops, anti-war demonstrators rally in Lafayette

    03/08/2007 5:37:36 PM PST · by mdittmar · 34 replies · 1,668+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 8, 2007 | Chronicle Staff Report
    Pro-Troops and anti-war demonstrators both were out at a hillside memorial today in the East Bay suburb of Lafayette. The group Move America Forward staged the demonstration to kick off the "These Colors Don't Run" tour that will be part of a caravan to Washington to join the "Gathering of Eagles" pro-troop rally on March 17. The hillside crosses were put up by opponents of the Iraq war to commemorate U.S. forces who have lost their lives there.
  • Crosses of Lafayette Born Again!

    02/26/2007 7:55:05 PM PST · by flagbrigade · 1 replies · 518+ views
    self | Feb 26 2007 | Lafayette Flag Brigade
    The Crosses of Lafayette , or what the locals refer to as the Lafayette Shamorial, has been legitimized be the Lafayette, CA. city council after 2 1/2 months of negotiations with 2 anti-war groups. The National Lawyers Guild held a legal gun to the cities head and demanded and receivied a MOU (memorandum of understanding) allowing them a sign 8 times the legal limit (subdivision size), no limit on duration of the 'memorial', and exemption from city nuisance laws in the future. They can also change the sign to represent any slogan they want. In other words, they city sold...
  • Neon sign tallies war dead at Lafayette memorial

    01/11/2007 7:40:18 AM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies · 529+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 1/11/7 | Katherine Tam
    LAFAYETTE - The display of crosses across from the Lafayette BART station is now more visible at night. Organizers added a neon sign with the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq. The new electric-powered neon sign sits on the lower portion of the large white sign that carries a running count of fallen troops in black numbers. There has been some discussion over whether the neon sign is "tacky" and fits the memorial, said organizer Jeff Heaton. But organizers decided to install it in light of President Bush's stated intention to send more troops to Iraq. Heaton said he...
  • Counter Protest MoveOn.org Lafayette, CA

    01/10/2007 11:20:55 AM PST · by johnqueuepublic · 84 replies · 2,571+ views
    self ^ | January 10, 2007 | JQP
    Ok, last time I tried this very few were interested, perhaps we can do a better job this time. MoveOn.org is conducting nationwide "protests" against the Bush troop surge tomorrow, Thursday the 11th. One of these will be across from the Lafayette, CA BART station, at a hillside where a bunch of leftists have placed hundreds of crosses as a protest against the war in Iraq. Would like to corresond with anyone who wants to counter protest. I can be responded to at news@pipelinenews.org Not sure what else to include except the observation that the left can always turn dozens...