The controversial statue of Sir Francis Drake at Larkspur Landing is gone for now. The Central Marin Police Department says work crews were ordered to temporarily remove the monument very early Wednesday morning. They did so in advance of a planned demonstration today that urged protesters to physically take down the statue. Larkspur officials will hold a town hall meeting next month to determine whether the removal should be permanent. Many people in the community have long been calling to rid the likeness of the English explorer since he’s known to have been proactive in the early slave trade. There’s also a push to rename Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and the school there.