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    A high price tag for a short move has some folks questioning The Fallon Statue in San Jose. Damian Trujillo reports. (Published Friday, May 20, 2016)

    A high price tag for a short move has some folks questioning the Thomas Fallon Statue in San Jose.

    The statue, which depicts two men raising the American flag, was moved 90 feet on Thursday at a cost of $100,000 dollars.

    "There are new developments coming into the area and as a result to make room we’re going to reallign the adjacent street and make space out there,” said Kerry Adams Hapner from the Office of Cultural Affairs.

    State grant money footed the move.

    "I would have done it cheaper," said San Jose resident Bill Ames. "Bring a couple friends. We offered to pick them up and move them ourselves."

    The statue itself continues to spark controversy. Fallon is depicted raising the American flag at a time when California was still owned by Mexico.

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