PJI appeals zoning ruling on behalf of CA church

Friday, June 19, 2020
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

gavel with Bible 2A church in California has been double-teamed by city government and a judge who agreed the church’s plans totally ruin the city’s good vibes.

Harvest Christian Fellowship has been meeting on Main Street in Salinas for more than 25 years until the congregation outgrew the building and sought to rent a larger property across the street.

Salinas, a city of 155,000, is a central coast city in Monterey County.

According to attorney Brad Dacus of Pacific Justice Institute, which is representing the church, city government wants a tourist-friendly downtown, with a fun nightlife, and informed the church it could meet upstairs for church services but must rent it out the first floor for retail.

Dacus tells OneNewsNow that Judge Susan Van Keulen agreed with that argument.  

“What this city wants to do,” the attorney argues, “is prevent a church, who's already in the downtown area, simply from moving to a building across the street."

Dacus

He insists that Van Keulen's ruling, which suggests a church in that area of Main Street violates the city's zoning requirements, is massively inconsistent.

“They didn't have any problem with the post office there in the downtown,” he tells OneNewsNow. “They didn't have any problem with other businesses that were not fun or entertaining. The bottom line is they don't want churches.”

The city’s “disdain” for Harvest church is either based on greed for more tax revenue or because the target is people of faith, the attorney adds.

Dacus and PJI are appealing the case to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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