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Albany votes to remove cross atop hill at city park

Refugio Garcia

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Lions Club fights to keep religious cross atop Albany Hill

The Albany City Council voted to remove the 20-foot cross perched at the top of Albany Hill after 50 years citing constitutional concerns about separation of church and state and the preference of local residents, East Bay Times reports.

However, Albany Lions Club, which maintained a tradition of lighting the cross up during Easter Sunday and Christmas week. Lions Club member and representing attorney, Robert Nichols, insists that Albany sell the plot of land underneath the cross to Lions Club, ending any public debate over the cross.

Albany plans on acquiring the private easement that was set up by Lions Club member and city councilmember Hubert “Red” Call in 1971 through eminent domain. Call set up the easement before selling the land to a developer in 1973 who later turned the property over to the city to be used as a park.

“A city has core responsibilities, providing police, fire, basic services, road paving, but this sort of thing is also part of what is, I think, increasingly becoming something that every city is asked to grapple with: things from our past that may have come about due to some very weird and unique situations, that we need to correct and people want us to,” said councilmember Aaron Tiedemann.

La Victoria restaurant lands new space in Hayward

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La Victoria taqueria has acquired a new space in Hayward – the chain’s only location outside of the South Bay, Hoodline reports.

The new location is within a recently constructed building with a modern aesthetic and 3,200 square feet of space.

Those craving La Victoria’s, aka “La Vic’s,” can find their unique orange sauce at 27915 Mission Boulevard. The restaurant's first location opened in 1998 near San Jose State University.

Cool and gusty conditions sweep over Bay Area with warm weather expected soon

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A cold front swept over the Bay Area Monday morning with cooler temps with a wind advisory being issued due to gusts expected to reach 45 mph, ABC7 reports.

The advisory has been scheduled for 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. for coastal areas in the North Bay.

Cloudy skies are expected to dissipate in the afternoon with temperatures ranging from the 50s at the coast to the 70s inland.

However, a high-pressure system is expected Tuesday and Wednesday bringing higher temperatures ranging from the 70s to 80s and as hot as the 90s inland. Temperatures on the coast are expected to range from the 60s to 70s Wednesday with cooler temps expected to return Thursday.

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