Jewish group has easier time lighting menorah

December 10, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
A public menorah will be lit in Santa Cruz on Friday to mark the first night of Hanukkah.

The city decided on Thursday not to require the menorah's sponsors to provide 24-hour security to keep it from being stolen or vandalized. Organizers said the cost made that impossible.

Still, Santa Cruz decided the menorah is probably safe on one of the city's busiest downtown corners.