Deegan Inn of Court

Riverside, CA

October 25, 2017 Meeting

On this date, Team Samuel Chase presented on the topic of the First Amendment - Freedom of Religion

Team Samuel Chase is comprised of Judicial Master Kenneth Fernandez, Attorney Master Robyn Lewis, Attorney Master Wendy Seto, Barrister Sylvia Choi, Barrister Marc Steven Colen, Associate Kristine Borgia, Associate Ruthann Elder, Associate Dawn Saenz, and Associate Lauren Strickroth.

Guest speakers Glenn Wenzel and Kristi Smith, Supervising Deputy City Attorney for the City of Riverside, spoke about the history of the cross on Mt. Rubioux and the litigation that threatened it.  The City of Riverside auctioned off the cross and surrounding land (approximately 0.43 acres) and the winning bid of $10,500 was made by Totally Mt. Rubidoux, an alliance of the Mission Inn Foundation, Riverside Land Conservancy and Friends of Mt. Rubidoux.  Totally Mt. Rubidoux raised approximately $300,000 to protect the cross and these proceeds will be used to pay for liability insurance, future maintenance of the property and related costs.

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