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Lawsuit Filed Over War Memorial at Downtown's El Pueblo

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The City Project site has been detailing various efforts to stop the construction of a war memorial at the El Pueblo site in downtown, and today a lawsuit was filed against the city by three different groups, including the nonprofit El Pueblo Park Association and a Tongva Indian group, reports the Santa Maria Times: "A lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by The City Project argues that the Eugene A. Obregon Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial would alter parts of the El Pueblo de Los Angeles site that have important historical connections to the city's Native American, Chinese American and other ethnic communities.

The suit also says the memorial, to be built within a grass-covered part of the historical site known as Father Serra Park, diminishes much-needed public space and demands that the city suspend work until a full environmental review is completed." Work is currently being done on the site for the memorial, which honors 19-year-old Marine Pfc. Eugene A. Obregon, who died during the Korean War. According to the Santa Maria Times, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is scheduled to attend a wall unveiling event at the site tomorrow.
· War memorial at LA historic site draws lawsuit [Santa Maria Times]
· Lawsuit challenges building of war memorial [Legal Pad]