Rally to Protest the Dilapidated Cross
in Albany Hill City Park
1:00 Sunday, November 15th
Albany City Hall, 1000 San Pablo Ave. (at Marin)
(On San Pablo in Front of the Building)
This cross is a supreme example of the way religion gets a special pass, even in the "enlightened" Bay Area. Built in 1938 or 1971 –– the history is very unclear –– this illuminated cross ignores all electrical and structural building codes. It is an electrical fire waiting to happen in a city park surrounded by residences and declared a critical fire hazard area by the Fire Department. We have been working on this for a long time, and now we need your help to force this cross to adhere to the same safety standards as everyone else's structures.
Instead of a pole, the electrical service to the cross is suspended by a tree –– a major code violation and fire hazard. The deteriorated cross was badly damaged by vandals a few years ago, and only two of the four retaining bolts hold the cross in place on its totally inadequate foundation. If it falls it could easily cause a fire.
For more details and photos, go to http://eastbayatheists.org/albanyhillcross.html
Making the cross safe would be a major expense involving nearly completely replacing it. We doubt the Lions Club, which is in charge of maintaining the cross, would spend the money. Even if they were willing, such a major overhaul would represent significant legal issues that the city has never faced.
At the very least, if the cross is made safe, we will get the credit for making that happen.
This will be a totally peaceful and lawful protest. Please do not block the sidewalk or engage in confrontations with people.
We are canvassing local residents on Saturday, November 7th, to let them know how the city has ignored their safety. If you can help us, please contact Larry immediately.
BART: El Cerrito Plaza Station, then 6 blocks south on the 72 Line
Information: Larry Hicok, Coordinator: 510-222-7580
Ski Grabowski, Treasurer: 510-652-8350