The still controversial Mount Soledad cross is a commemorative symbol of an event having significance for many. As the site of the cross is the issue in legal dispute, whether to remove or retain the cross has been the sole focus of the time-consuming and law-firms-enriching battle.
There is another, seemingly simple, solution, which could satisfy all of the parties at interest.
Removing the crossbeam or de-crossing of the cross would leave a spire or obelisk, which could be as inspirational as viewers wished. Those having strong beliefs could still “see,” in their minds, the crossbeam, whereas those objecting to religious symbols on publicly owned property would or should be satisfied.
The cost of the de-crossing would be minimal and the expensive legal battle ended.
Seems pretty simple to me.