‘An unwelcome symbol’: Controversial San Jose statue heads for the chopping block

The Thomas Fallon statue in Pellier Park at St. James and Julian Streets, 2009. (Patrick Tehan/Mercury News)

A controversial statue of a former San Jose mayor and captain in the Mexican–American War is one step closer to the chopping block after the city’s Art Commission on Monday night endorsed its removal.

After months of collecting public input and hearing from historians, the arts commission unanimously recommended that San Jose officials remove the Thomas Fallon statue from its prominent downtown San Jose location on St. James street and place it in storage. The city council will make the ultimate decision whether to follow the

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