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Jun 2, 2011
Caught by surprise // Scientology official says church knew nothing about mistake-filled claim against city over sewage spill — Pasadena Weekly
Type: Press
Author(s): André Coleman
Source: Pasadena Weekly
Hours after an article appeared about a claim for damages filed against the city by the Church of Scientology over a sewage spill in the church’s building in Old Pasadena, a church official acknowledged that mistakes were made in the filing of the document. The church is listed as the claimant, not subrogate Lexington Insurance Co. Further, the name of the lawyer who filed the claim on behalf of the insurance company is not listed on the document. Making matters even ...
May 26, 2011
L. Ron Hubbub // Scientology officials file claim against city for plumbing damage days before accepting preservation award — Pasadena Weekly
Type: Press
Author(s): André Coleman
Source: Pasadena Weekly
Two days before the Church of Scientology was presented with an award for preserving the 115-year-old Braley Building on South Raymond Avenue, church officials filed a claim against the city for damages incurred after the historic structure was flooded with raw sewage in November. “In the early morning of Nov. 23, water backed up through the toilets and sinks [in] the basement,” the claim states. “When personnel came in, they found four inches of raw sewage covering the entire basement area.” ...
May 14, 2011
Church of Scientology building catches fire, $700,000 in damages — Clearwater Patch
Type: Press
Author(s): Aiyana Baida
Source: Clearwater Patch
Clearwater Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire at 531 Franklin Street, owned by the Church of Scientology, at 3:28 a.m. Saturday. An electrical fire caused $700,000 in damages to a building owned by the Church of Scientology, city officials said. Clearwater Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire at 531 Franklin Street at 3:28 a.m. Saturday. To put out the blaze the department needed 35 personnel, five engines, two trucks and two rescues. It took firefighters about an ...
May 5, 2011
Heat on ACCC over Scientologist TV star — Daily Telegraph (Australia)
Type: Press
Source: Daily Telegraph (Australia)
A HIGH-PROFILE Sydney developer and senior Scientologist is being investigated over a series of property deals. The inquiry by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission into Carly Crutchfield - a millionaire property developer who boasts she has been involved in projects around Australia worth $300 million - was launched after Senator Nick Xenophon sent a dossier to ASIC last month. Senator Xenophon, a vocal opponent of the Church of Scientology, sent a detailed submission to ASIC, which referred the documents to ...
Apr 25, 2011
KCET lot sold to Scientology // Financial terms of deal for historic studio facility not disclosed — Variety
Type: Press
Author(s): Cynthia Littleton
Source: Variety
The Church of Scientology has just bought a bigger pulpit. The church has cut a deal to acquire the historic Los Feliz studio lot that has been home to pubcaster KCET-TV Los Angeles for the past 40 years. In a lengthy statement, the church said the deal allows it to "establish one of the most advanced centers used by religious broadcasters with the ability to harness 21st century broadcast technology and production power to deliver its message to the the largest ...
Apr 12, 2011
Demolition brings Church of Scientology closer to building new Boston HQ — Boston Globe
Type: Press
Author(s): Cara Bayles
Source: Boston Globe
Demolition began last week on the old Ivory Bean House on Washington Street. After the building began shedding bricks in February, the city's Inspectional Services Department ordered the Bean's owner, the Church of Scientology, to demolish the structure. As far as the church is concerned, it had gotten what it had wanted since it purchased the building in 2008. "Nobody disagrees that the building is in terrible disrepair," said Marc LaCasse, the attorney for the Church of Scientology in Boston. "Its ...
Mar 31, 2011
KCET-TV said to be in talks to sell landmark studio to Church of Scientology — Los Angeles Times (California)
Type: Press
Author(s): Roger Vincent, Scott Collins
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
Financially strapped KCET-TV is in talks to sell its landmark Sunset Boulevard studio to the Church of Scientology, according to people who know about the pending deal. The Los Angeles television station, which is struggling to rebuild viewership after its recent split from PBS, plans to move its operations to a smaller location, real estate brokers said. Station officials have been touring potential sites, brokers said. Terms of the potential deal were unavailable, but the 4.5-acre property at 4401 W. Sunset ...
Mar 18, 2011
Demolition imminent for unstable Washington Street building — South End News (Massachusetts)
Type: Press
Author(s): Alix Roy
Source: South End News (Massachusetts)
The Church of Scientology has hired a demolition contractor to take down the historic Ivory Bean building. A historic Washington Street building owned by the Church of Scientology is expected to be demolished next week after bricks fell from the structure last month, prompting the city to cordon off the area in the interest of public safety. According to Attorney Marc LaCasse, the Church has hired a demolition contractor and is expecting work to begin within a week’s time. A demolition ...
Mar 15, 2011
Former Orangeville-area resort to become Scientology headquarters — Toronto Star (Canada)
Type: Press
Author(s): Dan Robson
Source: Toronto Star (Canada)
Hidden behind a thick wall of trees atop the Niagara Escarpment just north of Toronto, the Church of Scientology is building a massive retreat where believers will “journey through the advanced realms” of their faith. The facility, which includes more than 80 hectares and five buildings that total around 160,000 square feet, will serve as Scientology's national headquarters when it opens next year. The organization will upgrade the former Hockley Highlands Inn and Conference Centre in Mono, just northeast of Orangeville, ...
Mar 15, 2011
Ybor's biggest cigar factory now hosts Scientology — ABC News
More: youtube.com
Type: TV
Author(s): Carson Chambers
Source: ABC News
TAMPA — The brick building at 1800 East 8th Avenue in Ybor City was founder Vicente Martinez Ybor's gem. It was at one time the largest brick building in Florida and the largest cigar factory in the world. "To have them take care of the building and maintain it. I do know in the past, the county, the state or the city, sometimes is not able, due to the economic situation, to preserve an architectural jewel like that," said Wallace Reyes, ...
Mar 9, 2011
Resort to become Scientology retreat // Exiled member stages protest at the gate — Orangeville Citizen (Ontario, Canada)
Type: Press
Author(s): Richard Vivian
Source: Orangeville Citizen (Ontario, Canada)
The Church of Scientology is setting up base in Mono, at the former Hockley Highlands Inn & Conference Centre, with plans to establish a national retreat for members of the faith. While Scientologists are excited about the idea — this will be the first retreat of its kind in Canada and one of only a handful around the world — at least one former member is raising a red flag. Adam Holland, a 22-year-old Toronto man who was raised in the ...
Feb 8, 2011
Police respond to report of bricks falling from Washington Street building — Boston Globe
Type: Press
Author(s): Martin Finucane
Source: Boston Globe
Boston police have responded to a building at 1769 Washington St. for a report of bricks falling. They have cordoned off the area, and the fire department and city inspectors are taking a look at the building, said Officer Eddy Chrispin, a police spokesman. The report came in at 5:31 p.m., he said. The Globe reported in September that the Alexandra Hotel, which is at 1769 Washington, was slated for renovation as the Church of Scientology's new 45,000 square-foot headquarters. The ...
Jan 30, 2011
Scientology founder's tenets drive Pinellas title company, under fire for rapid document processing — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
More: Who's who in Nationwide Title Clearing
Type: Press
Author(s): Susan Taylor Martin, Joe Childs
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
In 2009, a low-profile Pinellas County company drew unwelcome attention in a growing national controversy over home foreclosures. Employees of Nationwide Title Clearing, a leading processor of mortgage-related documents for banks, loan servicers and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., were under fire for signing paperwork as "vice president" of various banks although they actually worked for NTC. The assembly-line process in which workers scrawled their names or initials on hundreds of documents at a time — typically without reading them — ...
Jan 23, 2011
Grand start planned for new multi-million dollar Scientology church — Herald Sun (Australia)
Type: Press
Author(s): Hamish Heard
Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
[Picture / Caption: The Church of Scientology building in Mt Alexander Rd, Ascot Vale. Picture: Ian Currie Source: Sunday Herald Sun ] SCIENTOLOGISTS from around the world are expected to land in Melbourne this week ahead of the opening of a new multi-million dollar Scientology church. But the church has hosed down speculation that high-profile devotees John Travolta and Tom Cruise would be among the Scientologists in town to celebrate the opening of the Ascot Vale facility this weekend. Reports surfaced ...
Jan 4, 2011
Church of Scientology buys building near Coors Field // Pays $8.5 million for McClain Finlon Advertising's ex-home — Denver Post
Type: Press
Author(s): Margaret Jackson
Source: Denver Post
The Church of Scientology has paid $8.5 million in cash for a building in the Ballpark neighborhood formerly occupied by McClain Finlon Advertising. Over the past five years, the Los Angeles-based church had considered numerous Denver locations, including the Colorado National Bank Building at 17th and Champa streets that is now slated for a hotel. It bought the 44,679-square-foot Ballpark building at 2300-2346 Blake Street on Thursday. The building was listed for $14 million in 2008, following a banner year in ...
Nov 30, 2010
Big names come bidding on Nicollet Mall — Star Tribune (Minnesota)
Type: Press
Author(s): Jennifer Bjorhus
Source: Star Tribune (Minnesota)
In unrelated deals, Target Corp. bought a building and the Pohlads are vying for properties on the same block. Two of the biggest business names in the Twin Cities are moving to control some key real estate on Nicollet Mall. Target Corp. has paid the Church of Scientology $3 million for 1013 Nicollet Mall, an old two-story building across the street from Target's headquarters on the mall, according to documents filed recently in the Hennepin County assessor's office. Meanwhile, United Properties, ...
Nov 23, 2010
Secret Scientologist — Channel 7 (Australia)
Nov 17, 2010
Inglewood overturns denial of permit to Scientologists — Los Angeles Wave
Type: Press
Author(s): Olu Alemoru
Source: Los Angeles Wave
INGLEWOOD — Members and supporters of the Church of Scientology celebrated Tuesday night after the city council voted 4-0 to overturn a planning commission decision to deny them a permit to use a two-story property they own on Market Street as a church. The 11-month battle over the special use permit (SUP), which has been the subject of several public hearings, came to a close when the council adopted a resolution overturning the Planning Commission denial and made appropriate findings for ...
Nov 9, 2010
In Pasadena, a model for Scientology’s growth plan — New York Times
Type: Press
Author(s): Fred A. Bernstein
Source: New York Times
PASADENA, Calif. — The opening of a Scientology center in this city’s Old Town neighborhood was a significant local event. Church members spent $10 million to buy a historic four-story building and $6 million more to restore it to its 1906 luster before a gala dedication ceremony on July 18. But the Pasadena project is just one part of a much larger undertaking for the church: the creation of about 50 new centers in 16 countries. The global real estate firm ...
Oct 15, 2010
Scientologists buy home of founder — The Star
Type: Press
Source: The Star
A Los Angeles-based holding corporation has purchased a home at 666 East Ave., here, in which Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard once lived and worked. [...]
Oct 13, 2010
Israeli police suspect arson in Scientology blaze — Associated Press
Type: Press
Source: Associated Press
JERUSALEM — Israeli police suspect arson in a fire that damaged a building tapped to house the local headquarters of the Church of Scientology. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Wednesday the fire a day earlier is still being investigated. But he said that recent protests against the church by Arab and Jewish residents point to possible wrongdoing. Church spokesman Sefi Fischler said the fact that fires started in several places also points to arson, though nothing will be known for sure ...
Oct 12, 2010
Tel Aviv Scientology building burns, arson suspected — Haaretz
Type: Press
Author(s): Yaniv Kubovich
Source: Haaretz
Nine workers escape unharmed from the former Alhambra theater building, which has been undergoing renovations. Nine workers escape unharmed from the former Alhambra theater building, which has been undergoing renovations. Nine workers were saved from a burning building belonging to the religious group Scientology in Tel Aviv on Tuesday morning. Arson is suspected as the cause of the fire. The building, which used to house the Alhambra theater, was purchased by a group of people representing the religious group Scientology. The ...
Sep 29, 2010
Scientology receives local rates relief on properties — BBC News
Type: Press
Author(s): John Sweeney
Source: BBC News
The Church of Scientology has received millions of pounds of business rates relief and tax breaks in Britain. The controversial organisation, which counts Hollywood celebrities among its high-profile members, boasts of having over 11 million square feet in property worldwide, but some ex-members call it a cult. The Church is not classed as a religion under Charity Law by the UK Charity Commission. In 1999, the Commission ruled that it did not pass the "public benefit" test required for advancing religion ...
Sep 19, 2010
Mayor Menino declares war on owners of dangerous properties in wake of blaze // Crackdown targets ‘life or death’ safety hazards — Boston Herald
Type: Press
Author(s): Jessica Fargen
Source: Boston Herald
City inspectors are embarking tomorrow on a daunting, unprecedented crackdown on owners of vacant and unsafe buildings as officials sound new alarms about the dangers in nearly 150 problem properties. The team from the fire, inspectional services and other departments will start in East Boston and make their way through the city, going into all 147 empty or abandoned properties deemed dangerous by the fire department. “The goal is to put the pressure on these owners of these properties to restore ...
Sep 9, 2010
82-year-old German House is under reconstruction — St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri)
Type: Press
Author(s): Tim Bryant
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri)
By spring, restoration should be complete on the ornate auditorium of the German House, the 82-year-old Lafayette Square landmark where the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra recorded in the 1950s. The four-story brick and terra cotta building, at 2345 Lafayette Avenue, has been vacant most of this decade. Opened in 1928 as a German cultural center called Das Deutsche Haus, the building later carried the St. Louis House name and was home to two Christian schools before it was boarded up and ...
Jul 31, 2010
Scientology church finds new home in Queen Anne neighborhood — Seattle Times
Type: Press
Author(s): Janet I. Tu
Source: Seattle Times
[Ongoing censorship of critical views in the comments section, as confirmed by a Seattle Times official: "Dear readers, As many of you have noticed, many comments have been suppressed in this comment thread. This has not been due to an editorial decision by The Seattle Times, but rather has been due to other readers reporting and flagging abuse. I have gone into the problem queue and unflagged all appropriate comments. Nikolaj Lasbo Online News Producer seattletimes.com"] —– For the Rev. Ann ...
Jul 26, 2010
Scientology ramps up efforts in Seattle, beyond — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Type: Press
Author(s): Amy Rolph
Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
L. Ron Hubbard's footprint is growing — in Seattle and beyond. Want proof? The writing is on the western slope of Queen Anne in Seattle. The block letters on the side of a five-story brick building paint a pretty clear picture: "SCIENTOLOGY." Seattle's new Church of Scientology regional headquarters opened its doors last weekend. The streets around the building at 300 West Harrison St. were closed Saturday for a grand opening attended by more than 1,500 parishioners. The next morning, they ...
Jul 19, 2010
Scientologists open new church in historic Pasadena building — Pasadena Star-News
Type: Press
Author(s): Janette Williams
Source: Pasadena Star-News
The imposing four-story, 50,800-square-foot building at 35 S. Raymond Ave. will serve around 10,000 Scientologists from the San Gabriel Valley to the Inland Empire, said Eden Stein, president of the Pasadena Church. "We're very pleased," Stein said Monday, a day after about 4,200 Scientologists celebrated at a street party on Raymond attended by church leader David Miscavige. "We'll be shopping here, eating in restaurants," she said. "We're looking forward to doing our share in contributing to the economic vitality of Old ...
Jul 10, 2010
Historic laneway sale — The Age (Australia)
Type: Press
Author(s): Marc Pallisco
Source: The Age (Australia)
RECEIVERS for the failed Letten Group have recovered $13.31 million from the sale of an historic Flinders Lane office and retail building. Savills agents Clinton Baxter and Nick Peden sold 167-173 Flinders Lane at auction yesterday, in front of a crowd of about 250 people. The property, on the southwest corner of Hosier Lane, was previously controlled by Mark Letten and celebrity health expert Dr John Tickell, who paid $3.67 million for the asset in September 2001. A permit to build ...
Jun 30, 2010
Neighbor of Portland chapter of Church of Scientology: A strip club — Daily Journal of Commerce (Oregon)
Type: Press
Author(s): Aaron Spencer
Source: Daily Journal of Commerce (Oregon)
The Portland chapter of the Church of Scientology this month purchased the Sherlock Building, where it plans to move. But something about the location of the building sticks out: It's across the street from a strip club. Namely, it's across the street from a male nude strip club called Silverado. The club is ostensibly gay (a rainbow flag hangs outside its door), but straight women also go there. I called the president of the Portland chapter of Scientology, the Rev. Steven ...
Jun 22, 2010
Should the Church of Scientology in your local authority (UK) receive a reduction in Business Rates?
More: link
Type: Opinion
Author(s): Roland Rashleigh-Berry
Introduction This document is aimed at local government bodies in the UK faced with requests from Church of Scientology entities for business rates reductions or who are making a reapplication for the same. The author of this document is an ex-Scientologist who was a member of the Church of Scientology for five years and so is aware of the practices and beliefs of the Church of Scientology as well as their pricing structure. The author has no legal qualifications. Reference will ...
Jun 12, 2010
Scientologists to spend £2.5million turning hotel into church for 'tens of thousands' — The Herald (Plymouth, UK)
Type: Press
Source: The Herald (Plymouth, UK)
SCIENTOLOGISTS are planning to spend £2.5million on renovating the Royal Fleet Hotel and employ 150 staff to run it. In a detailed interview with The Herald, Church of Scientology members also said they expected 'tens of thousands' of people to visit the Devonport site each and every year. It follows news earlier this month that the church had bought the historic 110-year-old Morice Square site for £1million. Graeme Wilson, a Church of Scientology public affairs director, said people in Devonport had ...
Jun 9, 2010
Church of Scientology to open new HQ in Moseley — Birmingham Mail
Type: Press
Author(s): Andy Richards
Source: Birmingham Mail
THE Church of Scientology is set to open its new multi-million pound Midland headquarters in Moseley within weeks. The well-known Grade II-listed Pitmaston building, in Moor Green Lane, was snapped up by the church for £4.25 million two years ago. It has made the former insurance offices into the headquarters for its Midland operation because a rocketing membership has seen it outgrow premises in Ethel Street, Birmingham. The church, which has previously denied accusations that it is a cult, lists Hollywood ...
Jun 8, 2010
Church of Scientology buys Sherlock Building — Daily Journal of Commerce (Oregon)
Type: Press
Author(s): Aaron Spencer
Source: Daily Journal of Commerce (Oregon)
The Church of Scientology last week completed the purchase of the historic Sherlock Building in downtown Portland. The church purchased the building for $6.4 million. Portland-based Butler Brokers managed the sale. The Sherlock Building, at 309 S.W. 3rd Ave., is six stories and 61,430 square feet. It was built in 1894 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The church purchased the building from Seattle-based Urban Renaissance Group, which bought the building in 2007 for $9.75 million. The ...
Jun 8, 2010
The Church of Scientology of Portland says old digs don't work, buys bigger digs downtown — The Oregonian (Portland)
Type: Press
Author(s): Janie Har
Source: The Oregonian (Portland)
The Church of Scientology of Portland is moving into a larger building at Third and Oak. Community affairs director Gwen Barnard said the 12-story Stevens Building at 812 S.W. Washington Street, which the church bought in 2008, lacks the open space needed for a chapel and architects couldn’t make it work. The church purchased the 6-story Sherlock Building at 320 S.W. Oak Street for $6.4 million from the Urban Renaissance Group, an investment partnership based in Seattle. Office space on floors ...
Jun 5, 2010
Private property // Divine development sites — The Age (Australia)
Type: Press
Author(s): Marc Pallisco
Source: The Age (Australia)
THE Uniting Church is continuing to offload prime real estate. It can expect to make about $6 million from the sale of a church, hall and car park (above) at 12-14 Spring Road, Malvern, near the Toorak and Armadale borders. The 3033-square-metre site, which is zoned residential 1 and has two street frontages, is expected to make way for a medium-density residential project, given the push to build up, instead of out, as per the government’s Melbourne @ 5 Million planning ...
Jun 3, 2010
Church of Scientology buys historic Ybor Square — Tampa Tribune (Florida)
More: tbo.com
Type: Press
Author(s): Kathy Steele
Source: Tampa Tribune (Florida)
TAMPA - The Church of Scientology is poised to become steward of perhaps the most iconic brick-and-mortar symbol of this fabled cigar town's history — a move that could signal a greater presence for Scientologists just outside downtown Tampa. The church recently purchased Ybor Square for about $7 million, records show. The three-building complex at 1911 N. 13th St., between Eighth and Ninth avenues, is the former home of what was once the largest cigar factory in the world. Built in ...
Jun 2, 2010
Iconic Royal Fleet Hotel to be turned into Scientology church — The Herald (Plymouth, UK)
Type: Press
Source: The Herald (Plymouth, UK)
DEVONPORT'S iconic Royal Fleet Hotel has been sold to the Church of Scientology. The Herald has learned agents representing the hotel's owner — Midlands-based businessman Kailash Suri — completed the sale of the historic building on Friday. Last month, Mr Suri announced the hotel was set to close, 18 months after he bought it promising a multi-million-pound makeover. He claimed the Morice Square building was losing money "drastically". But yesterday, Mr Suri, the Church of Scientology and property consultants King Sturge ...
May 29, 2010
VicRoads may find it expedient to move on // Scientologists move on — The Age (Australia)
Type: Press
Author(s): Marc Pallisco
Source: The Age (Australia)
[...] Scientologists move on THE Church of Scientology has finally offloaded the CBD headquarters it has occupied for 30 years. Property developer David Marriner, responsible for the redevelopment of Collins Street’s Regent Theatre, has bought the building, which has redevelopment potential despite being on a small site of about 346 square metres. The religious group, whose tax-free status has been the subject of two recent Senate inquiries, is believed to have made about $ 8.5 million from the sale of the ...
May 17, 2010
Experts say city of Tampa violated zoning for Scientologists — WTSP-TV (Florida)
Type: TV
Author(s): Mike Deeson
Source: WTSP-TV (Florida)
Tampa, Florida — It is one of Tampa's most famous building complexes, dating back to 1886. Ybor Square, which houses the Spaghetti Warehouse and Creative Loafing newspaper, is owned by the Church of Scientology. As a religious building, the church will be exempt from paying almost $75,000 in property taxes. Vince Pardo, the head of the Ybor Community Development District, says that is a big concern, because the taxes generated are the budget for Ybor City. Pardo says he is also ...
May 15, 2010
Les scientologues contre-attaquent — Le Devoir (Québec, Canada)
More: La scientologie dans le temps, Une opposition «Anonymous», Unofficial English translation
Type: Press
Author(s): Gaétan Pouliot
Source: Le Devoir (Québec, Canada)
Objectif: soigner l'image du mouvement pour stimuler le recrutement [Picture / Caption: Le porte-parole de l’Église de scientologie de Montréal, Jean Larivière, devant l’édifice que le mouvement vient d’acquérir au centre-ville de Montréal. Un projet de 10 millions après rénovations] L'Église de scientologie prépare une offensive majeure au Canada. D'ici deux ans, cette organisation controversée compte construire d'attrayants lieux de culte à coups de millions dans les grandes villes du pays. Une opération charme sans précédent visant à recruter de plus ...
May 13, 2010
After an economic battering, St. Paul's development prospects brighten — St. Paul Twin Cities Pioneer Press
Type: Press
Author(s): Dave Orrick, Gita Sitaramiah
Source: St. Paul Twin Cities Pioneer Press
[...] H. Church Of Scientology / In 2007, when the Church of Scientology purchased the old west building of the Minnesota Science Museum, church officials promised a $7 million makeover. According to plans filed with the city, the 82,000-square-foot building will undergo work estimated at $2.5 million. The building renovations include new finishes, walls, doors, ceilings, updated bathrooms and repairs to the exterior and roof. The city issued a building permit on March 29. [...]
May 6, 2010
Church of Scientology of Tampa buys Ybor Square: It’s a done deal — Creative Loafing (Tampa, Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): David Warner
Source: Creative Loafing (Tampa, Florida)
Per a letter sent last night to Creative Loafing’s chief financial officer, CL now has a new landlord: The Church of Scientology of Tampa, Inc. We broke the story of the prospective purchase last weekend on the Daily Loaf after finding documentation of the deal-in-progress at the City of Tampa zoning office. That news was a surprise to most of Ybor, most especially to CL and our fellow tenants in Ybor Square (which include Centurion Center, an executive suite rental company ...
May 1, 2010
CL’s new landlord? Church of Scientology in negotiations to buy Ybor Square — Creative Loafing (Tampa, Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): David Warner
Source: Creative Loafing (Tampa, Florida)
Last week, as Creative Loafing was preparing to move from temporary quarters to permanent office space in Ybor Square (right), we heard the rumors: The historic former cigar factory, built in 1886 by Vicente Martinez Ybor, was up for sale — and the prospective buyer was The Church of Scientology. Whoa. We looked into it. No one could confirm. Calls weren’t returned. Then I checked with the City of Tampa’s zoning office, and there it was in black and white: In ...
Apr 29, 2010
Cult designs for Old Trafford — Stretford and Urmston Messenger (UK)
Type: Press
Author(s): Robert Downes
Source: Stretford and Urmston Messenger (UK)
A BIZARRE religious cult which believes humans are trapped alien souls has announced plans to open a centre in Trafford to serve as its north west HQ. The Church of Scientology, which bills itself as the fastest growing religion in the world, announced on its website plans to take over the former Duckworth’s Essence Distillery factory on Chester Road in Old Trafford. The movement’s website has started advertising the building as one of several across the globe it plans to open ...
Apr 7, 2010
From Science to Scientology: Church of Scientology transforming old museum into new headquarters — Politics in Minnesota
Type: Press
Author(s): Bill Clements
Source: Politics in Minnesota
[Picture / Caption: In four to six months, the former Science Museum of Minnesota will be transformed into the regional headquarters for the Church of Scientology, which has ambitious plans for growth in the Twin Cities—part of a global effort to expand, which an official says has resulted in the Church doubling its worldwide size in the last five years. (Staff photo: Bill Klotz)] The Church of Scientology has ambitious plans for growing in the Twin Cities area, hoping to double ...
Apr 5, 2010
Church of Scientology renovation under way — Finance and Commerce Daily (Minnesota)
Type: Press
Author(s): Betsy Sundquist
Source: Finance and Commerce Daily (Minnesota)
Workers are busily transforming the old Science Museum of Minnesota in downtown St. Paul into the new local headquarters for the Church of Scientology—thanks to a $3 million renovation. The Clearwater, Fla.-based denomination, which claims more than 8,000 churches and adherents in 165 countries, has been headquartered in the Twin Cities at 1011 Nicollet Ave. in Minneapolis since 1991. That will change when the renovated, three-story, 80,640-square-foot building at 505 N. Wabasha St. in St. Paul reopens as a Scientology “Ideal ...
Apr 2, 2010
Scientologists launch building boom to help grow the faith — The Oklahoman
Type: Press
Author(s): Megan Mollman
Source: The Oklahoman
CHICAGO (RNS) The windows are boarded-up and there's a "Keep Out" sign in the windowsill. Many in the Printer's Row neighborhood are unaware that the vacant brick building is slated to become Illinois' new welcome center for the Church of Scientology at the end of the year. The $4-million purchase of the seven-story structure is part of a nationwide push by Scientologists to open a host of new church buildings and draw new members into the faith. In all, more than ...
Apr 1, 2010
Renovations begin on Scientology site in St. Paul — Star Tribune (Minnesota)
Type: Press
Author(s): Chris Havens
Source: Star Tribune (Minnesota)
The former Science Museum of Minnesota is being transformed into the largest Church of Scientology in the Midwest. Renovations started this week on the vacant downtown St. Paul building that the church bought three years ago. It appears to be the church's first foray into St. Paul and its largest footprint in Minnesota. The building will serve followers from across the state, according to a video on the Scientology website. Church officials did not return a message seeking comment on Thursday. ...
Mar 31, 2010
Church of Scientology selling Stevens Building in Portland — Daily Journal of Commerce (Oregon)
Type: Press
Author(s): Aaron Spencer
Source: Daily Journal of Commerce (Oregon)
When the Church of Scientology bought the Stevens Building in 2008, it told tenants to vacate when their leases ended. Most of them did. Now the Portland building is 42 percent vacant, another 20 percent is used for storage, and the church no longer plans to move in. “It would be nice to have it back to where it was in 2006 - about three-quarters full,” said Steven Ballinger, who has maintained a Princeton University Press sales office in the building ...
Mar 30, 2010
Mega-million dollar Boston homes sit on market with few takers — Boston Herald
Type: Press
Source: Boston Herald
Much was made of the news this month when a Beacon Hill developer was unable to sell his home for an acceptable price, but the lack of wealthy buyers appears to be more-widespread in that neighborhood and in the Back Bay. Currently, there are seven single-family homes in Boston priced at over $10 million. The most-recent listing came on the market fifty days ago while the prize for longest is held by an historic home at 128 Commonwealth Avenue owned by ...
Mar 19, 2010
Arrest puts familiar Tarpon Springs name Fred W. "Bill" Howard back in news — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Rita Farlow
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
TARPON SPRINGS — Fred W. "Bill" Howard made a name for himself in his native Tarpon Springs as a real estate developer in the 1980s. But he left the area after a series of controversies, from his dealings with the Church of Scientology to a failed business venture that ended in bankruptcy, several longtime Tarpon Springs residents said this week. "He disappeared off the face of the Earth," said City Manager Mark LeCouris. "I hadn't seen him in over 20 years." ...
Mar 6, 2010
Defectors say Church of Scientology hides abuse — New York Times
More: New York Times' Youtube channel: Christie Collbran interview
Type: Press
Author(s): Laurie Goodstein
Source: New York Times
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Raised as Scientologists, Christie King Collbran and her husband, Chris, were recruited as teenagers to work for the elite corps of staff members who keep the Church of Scientology running, known as the Sea Organization, or Sea Org. They signed a contract for a billion years — in keeping with the church’s belief that Scientologists are immortal. They worked seven days a week, often on little sleep, for sporadic paychecks of $50 a week, at most. But after ...
Feb 22, 2010
Scientology / Today Tonight goes behind the closely guarded walls of Scientology's celebrity headquarters — Channel 7 (Australia)
More: Youtube part 1, Youtube part 2
Feb 11, 2010
New Church of Scientology opens in Las Vegas — KLAS-TV
More: Youtube
Type: TV
Source: KLAS-TV
LAS VEGAS - The First Church of Scientology in Las Vegas dedicated a new building on Saturday. The relentless rain didn't stop Saturday's dedication. "We have opened new churches in cultural epicenters before, but talk about center stage, planet earth," exclaimed Ecclesiastical Leader David Miscavige. "This one stands in a town so bright you can even see it glowing from deep space." Several public officials attended the grand opening, including Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman. "As the mayor of the fastest ...
Feb 11, 2010
Scientology in Koppen [Belgium report in Dutch, with unofficial English subtitles by Anonymous]
Jan 26, 2010
La rue St-Joseph fermée pour les scientologues — Le Soleil (Québec, Canada)
Jan 23, 2010
Restoration on the corner // Church of Scientology reveals its plans for Hotel Alexandra — Boston Globe
Type: Press
Author(s): Robert Preer
Source: Boston Globe
The Church of Scientology plans to open a street-level cafe, bookstore, and chapel as part of its renovation of the 19th-century Hotel Alexandra, a long-faded Gothic beauty that for years has sat mostly empty at a prominent Boston crossroads. The revived building would add more street life to a corner of the South End that is seeing more activity, and signals that the city’s desire to have the neighborhood revitalized after the removal of the elevated Orange Line on Washington Street ...
Jan 22, 2010
Nouvelle église / 1 000 scientologues attendus à Québec — Le Journal de Québec
Type: Press
Author(s): Kathryne Lamontagne
Source: Le Journal de Québec
Plus de 1 000 scientologues de partout en Amérique du Nord sont attendus à Québec, samedi prochain, pour prendre part aux festivités d’inauguration de la toute nouvelle église de scientologie. Il s’agit d’un revirement de situation pour l’église de scientologie de Québec, située sur la rue Saint-Joseph, dans le Nouvo Saint-Roch, qui prévoyait en début d’année ouvrir ses portes uniquement en mars. « Les rénovations sont terminées. Des équipes sont en train d’installer les dernières décorations. Nous sommes dans notre sprint ...
Jan 10, 2010
Scientologists Convert Braley Building [photos] — San Gabriel Valley Tribune (California)
Jan 10, 2010
Scientology starts renovation work on Braley Building, vacant since 2006 — Pasadena Star-News
More: pasadenastarnews.com
Type: Press
Author(s): Janette Williams
Source: Pasadena Star-News
PASADENA — Renovation has finally started on the historic Braley Building in the heart of Old Pasadena, where it sat empty since being bought by the Church of Scientology in 2006. Church officials say it will be ready to open this summer. "They are taking out the insides, ready for renovation," church spokeswoman Linda Peters said. "We're just gearing up for the new year, ready to rock and roll, and it's going to go pretty fast." Almost immediately after the church ...
Jan 3, 2010
Les scientologues cherchent toujours 1,5 million de dollars [French] — Le Journal de Québec
More: Unofficial English translation
Type: Press
Author(s): Kathryne Lamontagne
Source: Le Journal de Québec
L’Église de scientologie de Québec est toujours à la recherche de 1,5 million de dollars pour terminer la construction de son nouveau lieu de culte, dont le coût total est aujourd’hui estimé à 6 millions, soit 2 millions de plus que ce qui était prévu au départ. Sans le financement nécessaire, l’inauguration des nouveaux locaux de l’Église de scientologie de Québec, situés sur la rue Saint-Joseph au c?ur du Nouvo Saint-Roch, doit être reportée. Initialement prévue à la fin de l’année ...
Dec 20, 2009
Developer needs cash to finish Fenway resort renovation in Dunedin — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Drew Harwell
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
[Picture of property] Built in 1925 on 6.4 acres, the Fenway resort on the shore of St. Joseph Sound served as a waterfront getaway for Jazz Age high society. It has also been the campus of two colleges. DUNEDIN — George Rahdert invested $6 million of his money into the Fenway renovation, hoping profits from hotel customers and condo sales would follow its timely completion. Yet after four years and another $6 million in borrowed money, not a single shovel has ...
Dec 16, 2009
Church of Scientology hoping South End move will clear up misconceptions — South End News (Massachusetts)
Type: Press
Author(s): Kate Lindsmith
Source: South End News (Massachusetts)
Timeframe of move remains undecided almost a year after sale of Alexandra Hotel Having spent more than three decades in the heart of the Back Bay, the Church of Scientology is still working on moving its headquarters to the South End. The church plans to renovate space in the Alexandra Hotel building and a neighboring brownstone, thus expanding its base to nearly twice the size of its current 26,000-square-foot location at 448 Beacon Street. The church bought the space in early ...
Dec 15, 2009
Lawsuit coming, despite Sandy Springs' OK of Scientology church — Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Type: Press
Author(s): April Hunt
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Scientology is coming to Sandy Springs – but a federal lawsuit is coming first. “Absolutely,” said attorney William Woodson Galloway, when asked if the Church of Scientology will pursue a religious liberty lawsuit following a vote Tuesday that limited the size of the church in Sandy Springs. “We are not happy with the result.” The result was a 3-3 vote by the City Council on Tuesday night that tried to find a common ground between outright denial of the rezoning of ...
Dec 15, 2009
Scientology: 'The Crusade' continues — Gawker
Dec 14, 2009
Scientology vote Tuesday in Sandy Springs — Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Type: Press
Author(s): April Hunt
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The showdown over Scientology in Sandy Springs comes up for a vote Tuesday night that both opponents and supporters hope puts an end to the matter. It isn’t likely. The threat of a religious-liberty lawsuit looms if the City Council rejects outright the Church of Scientology’s request for a zoning change so it can move from its current state headquarters in Dunwoody into a Sandy Springs office building it owns. On the other side are the more than 700 residents – ...
Dec 11, 2009
'This Is the Crusade': Leaked Scientology Video Features the Voice of Bart Simpson — Gawker
Dec 9, 2009
Today Tonight: Scientology secrets — Channel 7 (Australia)
More: Youtube
Nov 30, 2009
Church of Scientology Signs Lease in Commerce — Los Angeles Business Journal
More: labusinessjournal.com
Type: Press
Source: Los Angeles Business Journal
Editor's Note: A version of this story appeared in the Business Journal's November 30 print edition. The Church of Scientology has signed a 10-year lease topping $12 million for industrial space in Commerce. The lease with landlord Guardian Life Insurance Co. of America for the 184,772-square-foot building at 6130 E. Sheila St. closed Nov. 9. The church will print and distribute magazines and books there. The deal starts at about 52 cents per square foot per month on a triple net ...
Nov 29, 2009
Church of Scientology plans Illinois headquarters on Printer's Row — Chicago Tribune
Type: Press
Author(s): Manya A. Brachear
Source: Chicago Tribune
Convicted of fraud in France, impugned by former celebrity members and accused of coercing estranged practitioners to stay against their will, the Church of Scientology has encountered a fair share of bad publicity in recent months. But in Chicago, the religious movement founded by the late science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard appears to be flourishing. Signaling that success are plans for a new seven-story Illinois church headquarters slated to open next year in Chicago's historic Printer's Row. The restoration of ...
Nov 12, 2009
Scientologists to build large church in £1million Plymouth building — The Herald (Plymouth, UK)
Type: Press
Source: The Herald (Plymouth, UK)
SCIENTOLOGISTS in Plymouth are planning to buy a £1million property in the city centre and convert it into a church. They say the "bold" and "prominent" building is being planned as the popularity of the religion grows in Plymouth and the South West. Two undisclosed buildings are currently being looked at in the centre of Plymouth. Marianne Rowell, spokeswomen for the Church of Scientology, said the plan was to buy the building by the end of the year, and open it ...
Nov 5, 2009
Blown for Good / Behind the iron curtain of Scientology (book) - 17 Monument — BFG Books
Nov 5, 2009
Blown for Good / Behind the iron curtain of Scientology (book) - 20 A pain that I'm used to — BFG Books
Oct 13, 2009
Scientology permit for up to 600 — Moonee Valley Community News (Australia)
Type: Press
Author(s): Eugene Benson
Source: Moonee Valley Community News (Australia)
DESPITE objections from resident and doubts from one councillor, Moonee Valley Council has amended a planning permit to allow up to 600 people to meet at the Church of Scientology's Mt Alexander Road headquarters up to six times a year. The religion's headquarters are under construction at the former site of a Sisters of Mercy convent, opposite the Essendon tram depot. The council had previously granted a permit to allow up to 300 people at the building but the Church of ...
Sep 17, 2009
Sandy Springs planning board says no to Scientology church — Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Type: Press
Author(s): April Hunt
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Church of Scientology should not move to Sandy Springs, the city’s Planning Commission decided Thursday night. In a 3-2 vote, the commission denied the church’s request to rezone a former office building at Roswell Road and Glenridge Drive into its Georgia headquarters. Members David Rubenstein and Donald Boyken dissented. The vote is nonbinding but will be considered by the City Council during its vote. The City Council is scheduled to vote on the issue at its Oct. 20 meeting. The ...
Sep 17, 2009
Scientology zoning battle hits Sandy Springs — Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Type: Press
Author(s): April Hunt
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Tom Cruise himself could show up to make the case that the Church of the Scientology be allowed to convert an office building in Sandy Springs into its Georgia — and Deep South — headquarters, and members of 15 neighborhood associations would be unmoved. Even Cruise, they say, wouldn’t have a place to park. “That property just doesn’t have enough parking for a church,” said Mark Sampl, a leader in one of the city’s largest coalitions of homeowners, the Sandy Springs ...
Sep 11, 2009
Scientology, others let code fines mount in Clearwater — Tampa Bay Online
Type: Press
Author(s): Mark Douglas
Source: Tampa Bay Online
CLEARWATER - The city of Clearwater is so strapped for cash that leaders have eliminated 86 jobs, cut library hours, and raised the property tax rate. Parks and recreation workers even stopped flying the American flag for a few days over 13 city landmarks to save a couple of bucks. But one step the city staff has not taken to help make ends meet is forcing city code violators, including the Church of Scientology, to pay the $3.4 million in fines ...
Sep 3, 2009
Opposition still strong for Scientologists — Sandy Springs Reporter (Georgia)
Type: Press
Author(s): Amy Wenk
Source: Sandy Springs Reporter (Georgia)
The Church of Scientology has sparked a battle this year in Sandy Springs. Since March, hundreds of residents from 14 neighborhood or civic associations have adamantly opposed the church relocating from Dunwoody to the property it purchased in late 2005 at the intersection of Roswell Road and Glenridge Drive. Those citizens have, month after month, meeting after meeting, grasped the podium to voice their concerns about traffic and parking. They have implored city boards and planning staff to deny the rezoning ...
Aug 27, 2009
Scientologists plan to restore house — Desert Sun (Palm Springs, CA)
More: mydesert.com
Type: Press
Author(s): Michelle Mitchell
Source: Desert Sun (Palm Springs, CA)
Representatives from the Church of Scientology have discussed tentative plans for the La Quinta property it recently purchased, but nothing has been finalized. “They have yet to submit any permits to us,” said Les Johnson, director of planning for La Quinta. “We have outlined to them what they need to do.” The Church of Spiritual Technology, an affiliate of the Church of Scientology, purchased the 2-acre Hacienda Serena in a multi-million dollar deal in December. The 3,450-square-foot adobe home at 49-875 ...
Aug 21, 2009
Council defers Scientology decision — Sandy Springs Reporter (Georgia)
Type: Press
Author(s): Amy Wenk
Source: Sandy Springs Reporter (Georgia)
Concerned residents who filled Sandy Springs City Council chambers Tuesday, Aug. 18 to hear the fate of the Church of Scientology, which wants to relocate from Dunwoody to Sandy Springs, will have to wait. The Council was scheduled to vote on the church's rezoning application that if approved would allow religious use of property the congregation purchased in 2005 at the intersection of Roswell Road and Glenridge Drive. But discussion on the application was short-lived. The city's staff recommended a 60-day ...
Aug 17, 2009
Proposed Scientology church could come to Bucks after all — WFMZ 69 (Pennsylvania, New Jersey)
More: wfmz.com
Type: TV
Source: WFMZ 69 (Pennsylvania, New Jersey)
A Church of Scientology could be setting up shop in Bucks County after all. A. Rhoades Wilson wanted to convert his home in Plumstead Township into a church. But the township shot him down. Now Wilson is appealing to the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas. There's no word on when the court will have its say.
Aug 13, 2009
Scientology ups profile — Las Vegas Sun
Type: Press
Author(s): Sam Skolnik
Source: Las Vegas Sun
Scientology is getting big in the Las Vegas Valley, at least in terms of square footage. The controversial religion is renovating a former synagogue complex near the corner of Eastern and Emerson avenues so it can become Scientology’s focal point in Nevada, with 36,845 square feet of space and a “Celebrity Centre” to specially cater to high-profile artists, celebrities and community leaders. The Las Vegas celebrity center will be Scientology’s fourth such center in the U.S. The others are in Los ...
Aug 12, 2009
Scientology defends reputation as Castlereagh St headquarters expands — Central (Sidney, Australia)
Type: Press
Author(s): Robert Burton-Bradley
Source: Central (Sidney, Australia)
A FEW months ago, Sydney Council approved a development application for the Church Of Scientology’s Castlereagh St headquarters with little incident. It was somewhat of an anticlimax after the bitter opposition by residents and anti-Scientology activists, who argued the group would increase recruitment drives which “harass, and badger people to join” if the proposal was approved. Residents said they feared the church would use “menacing activity” to target people on Castlereagh and Bathurst streets for recruitment. The $12-million expansion involved adding ...
Aug 4, 2009
New Scientology Advanced Organization for Canada — PR-inside.com
Type: Press release
Source: PR-inside.com
Scientology parishioners learned this week of a milestone in Scientology history when Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board Religious Technology Center, announced the acquisition of a 159,400 square feet, 190 acre facility for the future home of the Advanced Organization of Canada. Not only will this provide the advanced training and counseling services for all Canadian parishioners, it will also house the Canadian Scientology national offices that coordinate Scientology expansion and social betterment programs for the country. First announced by ...
Jul 28, 2009
Scientologists reported for harassing Swedish family — The Local (Sweden)
Type: Press
Author(s): Peter Vinthagen Simpson
Source: The Local (Sweden)
A family from Kävlinge in southern Sweden has reported the local Church of Scientology to the police for harassment after a fortnight of incessant phone calls, local newspaper Sydsvenskan reports. The Church of Scientology in Malmö began ringing the family around two weeks ago as part of a drive to update their contact information over current and former members. The religious sect first rang asking to talk to a woman that, according to their records, had attended a self-realization course in ...
Jun 23, 2009
Scientology (Part 3 of 3): Ecclesiastical justice — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
More: Leaving the Church of Scientology: a huge step
Type: Press
Author(s): Thomas C. Tobin, Joe Childs
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
The four high-ranking executives who left Scientology say that church leader David Miscavige not only physically attacked members of his executive staff, he messed with their minds. He frequently had groups of managers jump into a pool or a lake. He mustered them into group confessions that sometimes spun into free-for-alls, with people hitting one another. Mike Rinder, who defended the church to the media for two decades, couldn't stomach what was happening on the inside. The tactics to keep executives ...
Jun 17, 2009
Millionaire’s death at 41 — Macclesfield Express (UK)
Type: Press
Source: Macclesfield Express (UK)
A MILLIONAIRE businessman who helped fund a controversial church has died suddenly aged 41. Piers Springthorpe, of Leek Road, Gawsworth, lost his battle for life after a 25-day fight at Wythenshawe Hospital. The businessman was a member of the Church of Scientology, whose members include Hollywood stars Tom Cruise and John Travolta. Mr Springthorpe, who lived in a Macclesfield mansion with wife and fellow believer Yvonne, was a key member of the Manchester branch and was one of the major contributors ...
Jun 5, 2009
Sandy Springs defers vote on Church of Scientology — The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Type: Press
Author(s): April Hunt
Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Sandy Springs won’t decide until later this summer on a Church of Scientology’s request to move into the city. The city’s planning commission voted last week to defer the church’s application to rezone a former office at Roswell Road and Glenridge Drive for its operations. At issue: whether the proposed 81 parking spaces will be enough for the 600-member church. Church representatives said they will conduct a parking study to show they will not need the 148 spaces estimated by city ...
Jun 3, 2009
Scientologists buy Florence church — Cincinnati Enquirer
Type: Press
Author(s): Patrick Crowley
Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
FLORENCE – The Church of Scientology is coming to Northern Kentucky, setting up in a building formerly owned by the Florence Baptist Church. Advertisement Florence Baptist, which recently moved to a new $15 million church on Mount Zion Road, sold its former church building at 283 Main St. in Florence for $1.64 million to the Cincinnati-based Church of Scientology of Ohio. The deal closed last week and was announced to Florence Baptist members in a letter from the church trustees. • ...
Jun 2, 2009
Scientology founder's home sold to church — Desert Sun (Palm Springs, CA)
More: groups.yahoo.com
Type: Press
Author(s): Mariecar Mendoza
Source: Desert Sun (Palm Springs, CA)
A multimillion-dollar historic La Quinta property with ties to the Church of Scientology is returning to the fold. Hacienda Serena, a nearly 2-acre property on Avenida Obregon, was purchased Dec. 31 for its appraisal price by the Church of Spiritual Technology, an affiliate of the Church of Scientology. Though church officials have not disclosed the exact amount, they confirm the sale was in the millions. Plans are to restore the 3,450-square-foot adobe home, which was owned by Scientology founder L. Ron ...
May 31, 2009
Scientology's $12m renovation rescue — Daily Telegraph (Australia)
Type: Press
Author(s): Sharon Labi
Source: Daily Telegraph (Australia)
THE Church of Scientology plans to spend $12 million upgrading its Sydney headquarters, but faces a ban on trawling the street outside the building for new recruits. The group's controversial plans include building an extra level on its Castlereagh St premises, and renovating the facade of the heritage building. Neighbours and businesses have objected to the proposed upgrade at Scientology House, citing aggressive recruitment tactics, nuisance, loss of view, extra pollution and heritage concerns. City of Sydney councillors will vote on ...
May 28, 2009
L. Ron Hubbard's last refuge — New Times SLO (San Luis Obispo, California)
Type: Press
Author(s): Colin Rigley
Source: New Times SLO (San Luis Obispo, California)
In Santa Barbara’s Church of Scientology, as in each such outpost worldwide, an innocuous office sits equipped but vacant. This office is located beyond shelves of shrink-wrapped books, beyond training rooms, the “comm” rooms, and a room occupied by enigmatic bowls of stones and other obscure objects. The office, with white walls and plush blue-and-gray carpeting, waits, should he somehow return, for the man once known as L. Ron Hubbard. His full name was Lafayette Ronald Hubbard. His followers—in keeping with ...
May 13, 2009
Former home of L. Ron Hubbard to be used as Scientology history museum — KESQ Channel 3 (CA)
Type: Press
Author(s): Nathan Baca
Source: KESQ Channel 3 (CA)
The Church of Scientology purchased a multi-million dollar estate in the La Quinta Cove. They reportedly plan to use it as a museum and spiritual retreat center. Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard once lived at that estate in the 1970s. Now, former Scientologists are coming forward to say they were abused there by the church and they fear it could happen to others. The estate is right next to the La Quinta Resort at 49875 Avenida Obregon. Former owner Richard Fredericks ...
May 4, 2009
CurbedWire: Scientologists get going — Curbed LA
Type: Blog
Source: Curbed LA
[Pictures] EAST HOLLYWOOD: For the longest time, reps from the church have said that repairs to their Fountain Avenue building, which was damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake, have been going on, but here's the first time that we've seen any actual progress on that tower. Immediately after taking these photos, the black-clad Scientology guards on bikes started circling, asking why we were taking photos. [Curbed Staff]
May 1, 2009
Crime, proposed church concern High Point Civic Association — Sandy Springs Reporter (Georgia)
Type: Press
Author(s): John F. Schaffner
Source: Sandy Springs Reporter (Georgia)
The High Point Civic Association heard a report from Sandy Springs police Lt. Steve Rose on crime in the southeast area of the city and a discussion from Senior Officer Larry Jacobs of the benefits of the city's Neighborhood Watch program in helping to fight crime. According to association President Alan Powell, the annual meeting April 21 was "quiet" and mainly centered on the "state of affairs in the community," which encompasses the Sandy Springs neighborhoods south of I-285 and east ...
May 1, 2009
Scientologists' move meets opposition — Sandy Springs Reporter (Georgia)
Type: Press
Author(s): Amy Wenk
Source: Sandy Springs Reporter (Georgia)
Sandy Springs residents roared over the Church of Scientology's rezoning request at a community-developer resolution meeting April 23. It was the initial public discussion for the application, which is scheduled to go before the City Council on June 16. Now based in Dunwoody, the church wants to move to 5395 Roswell Road at the corner of Glenridge Drive. [Picture]The Dunwoody-based Church of Scientology plans to relocate to 5395 Roswell Road at the corner of Glenridge Drive, a property purchased around 2005. ...
Apr 24, 2009
Scientologists moving to J Street — Sacramento Business Journal
Type: Press
Source: Sacramento Business Journal
[...] The Church of Scientology is close to putting its building at 825 15th St. on the market to raise cash for its effort to convert the 58,000-square-foot Hotel Ramona building at J and 6th streets downtown into a new church and Northern California headquarters. The church in 2005 bought the 79-year-old Ramona, which had been converted to office use in the mid-1980s. It is a designated city landmark so there won’t be much change to the exterior, including the hotel ...
Apr 23, 2009
Report to Planning Commission / City of Sacramento — City of Sacramento
Apr 22, 2009
Visita Argentina el actor estadounidense John Travolta [Spanish] — El Financiero (Argentina)
More: Google translation
Type: Press
Source: El Financiero (Argentina)
Buenos Aires, 21 de abril.- El actor estadounidense John Travolta planea comprar algunas tierras en Argentina, país donde se encuentra desde hace dos días, aunque su agenda se mantiene en completo hermetismo. El protagonista de filmes como "Fiebre de sábado por la noche", "Grease" y "Pulp fiction" llegó el pasado lunes en un jet privado a Ezeiza, sin la compañía de su esposa, Kelly Preston, ni de su hija, Ella, según diversos reportes de prensa. Indicaron que Travolta se comunica por ...
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