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Ventura City Council votes to remove Junipero Serra statues

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Two Junipero Serra statues will be moved from city property in Ventura.

VENTURA, Calif. - On Wednesday night, the Ventura City Council voted 6-0 in favor of removing the statues of Junipero Serra from city hall.

Mayor Matt LaVere recused himself from the meeting because he previously took a position and signed a statement in support of safely moving the statue.

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The city council voted to remove the bronze statue of Junipero Serra from city hall with the intent that it would eventually be taken to San Buenaventura mission.

The wooden statue in city hall will also be relocated.

The city was threatened with a lawsuit if the removal process was rushed. Serra is credited with starting the California mission system, but critics say he destroyed Native American culture.

READ MORE: Historic Junipero Serra statue sparks controversy in Ventura

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Katie Karl

Katie Karl is a producer at KEYT|KCOY|KKFX.