The following comes from an April 21 LA Times article by Matt Hamilton:
Lawyers for a group of religious leaders complained to a federal judge Tuesday that Los Angeles County continues to display an official seal that includes a Christian cross, violating a legal agreement reached in February 2014.
Attorneys contended that officials had agreed to halt “further implementation” of the logo containing a cross while a lawsuit filed in February 2014 proceeds.
That suit, which was filed by lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, argued that using a cross on a government seal violates the state and U.S. constitutions because it “favors the Christian religion over all other religions.”
The dispute is the latest chapter in a long-running tussle over the legality and propriety of the cross in a logo commonly affixed to county vehicles, reports, office signs and badges. The seal bears several drawings that symbolize the county’s historical and cultural past, including the San Gabriel Mission.
The county promised in June 2014 to temporarily stop using the seal containing the cross. But ACLU attorneys said Tuesday that it continues to appear on some county documents, websites and stationery.
Lawyers submitted evidence showing the cross on Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich’s website, a cover sheet for a recent Board of Supervisors meeting transcript and a program for the county-organized “Women of the Year” luncheon in March.
The new seal included an illustration of the San Gabriel Mission, which had undergone an earthquake retrofit and lost its cross in the process.
The cross was restored to the building’s facade in 2009, however, leading some officials to call for it to be added to the county seal in the interest of architectural and historical accuracy.
The supervisors voted 3 to 2 in January 2014 to add the cross, despite warnings that the change would generate lawsuits.