The Santa Cruz city council has hired a profession mediator to calm residents in a heated battle over a proposed peace park.
The bitter debate started when the city approved $93,000.00 to improve the downtown Town Clock traffic island and dedicate it to lifelong peace activist Doug Rand. He died of a brain tumor two years ago.
Some residents want to memorialize Rand and civilian war casualties through an interpretive display containing war rubble.
But others say they don´t want public funds devoted to a park they say is an officially sanctioned anti-war demonstration.