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Re: RLUIPA Law Suit Filed by Church of Scientology of Georgia
« Reply #220 on: May 17, 2012, 17:31 »
Sandy Springs nearing resolution on Scientology case
By Dan Whisenhunt on May 15, 2012.

...According to federal court records, the two parties met in a mediation session on March 26.

The consent order filed on March 30 says the church and the city didn’t finalize an agreement during that session but says both sides are willing to consider a revised parking plan. The consent order says city staff needed 30 to 45 days to review the plan, and said any zoning changes would require public notice 15 days in advance of a public hearing. The order also extends the deadline to submit a “proposed consolidated pretrial order” to June 15.

City Attorney Wendell Willard confirmed the consent order, but declined further comment.

“We’re in the process of evaluating that,” Willard said. “It’s not completed.”

more at http://www.reporternewspapers.net/2012/05/15/sandy-springs-nearing-resolution-on-scientology-case/
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Re: RLUIPA Law Suit Filed by Church of Scientology of Georgia
« Reply #221 on: May 17, 2012, 19:10 »
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Re: RLUIPA Law Suit Filed by Church of Scientology of Georgia
« Reply #222 on: May 25, 2012, 22:07 »
Sandy Springs nearing resolution on Scientology case
By Dan Whisenhunt on May 15, 2012.

...According to federal court records, the two parties met in a mediation session on March 26.

The consent order filed on March 30 says the church and the city didn’t finalize an agreement during that session but says both sides are willing to consider a revised parking plan. The consent order says city staff needed 30 to 45 days to review the plan, and said any zoning changes would require public notice 15 days in advance of a public hearing. The order also extends the deadline to submit a “proposed consolidated pretrial order” to June 15.

City Attorney Wendell Willard confirmed the consent order, but declined further comment.

“We’re in the process of evaluating that,” Willard said. “It’s not completed.”

more at http://www.reporternewspapers.net/2012/05/15/sandy-springs-nearing-resolution-on-scientology-case/

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Re: RLUIPA Law Suit Filed by Church of Scientology of Georgia
« Reply #223 on: June 14, 2012, 19:03 »
Sandy Springs to hold public hearing on resolution of Scientology suit
By Dan Whisenhunt on June 14, 2012

The saga of the Church of Scientology vs. the City of Sandy Springs may finally be drawing to a close.

According to a public notice, there will be a hearing about the case on the June 19 City Council meeting at 6 p.m. at Sandy Springs City Hall, located at 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500.

Information about how the church and the city resolved the lawsuit is not yet available.

According to federal court records, the two parties met in a mediation session on March 26.

more at http://www.reporternewspapers.net/2012/06/14/sandy-springs-to-hold-public-hearing-on-resolution-of-scientology-suit/

Judge Totenberg has signed a consent order extending time:
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Amended Order of February 10, 2012, The Parties were ordered to mediation no later than April 2, 2012. On March 26, 2012 the Parties mediated before the Hon. Stanley Burch the issue of whether an acceptable parking arrangement could be agreed upon to allow Plaintiff's requested expansion and modification of the basement for church use.

While it appears that no agreement was finalized in mediation, the Parties agreed to consideration of a revised parking arrangement on the Subject Property. Should a revised parking arrangement be acceptable to the City, Plaintiff seeks modification of existing zoning conditions which would further require public notice at least 15 days in advance of a new public hearing. Absent such notice and public hearing, the existing conditions of zoning may not be modified.

The Court previously established a deadline of June 15, 2012 for submission of a Proposed Consolidated Pre-Trial Order in this case by its Order of March 9, 2012. While that deadline had been previously extended, review of the proposed site plan took longer than anticipated. That review has now been completed and the public hearing on the revised plan has been noticed and is scheduled for June 19, 2012. One final extension of the deadline for filing the Pre-Trial Order will permit the Parties to conclude their settlement efforts by holding the public hearing.

Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the deadline for submission of a Proposed Consolidated Pre-Trial Order in the above style case is hereby extended until June 30, 2012 to facilitate the continuation of settlement efforts and adoption of any changed conditions to zoning necessary to resolve this matter.
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Re: RLUIPA Law Suit Filed by Church of Scientology of Georgia
« Reply #224 on: June 14, 2012, 21:32 »

 I would think a printed handout to those citizens in attendance during the meeting is in order. Share with the citizens the long list of lawsuits,lien,s and other factual actions this so called religion has unleashed on our communities.

 

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« Reply #225 on: June 15, 2012, 10:14 »
Also include the long list of lies about "expansion" to get there way that ended up with empty, blighted buildings.
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Re: RLUIPA Law Suit Filed by Church of Scientology of Georgia
« Reply #226 on: June 16, 2012, 21:50 »
Well, a proposed compromise has been posted:
http://www.sandyspringsga.gov/City-Government/City-Council/City-Council-Meetings/2012/MCC2012-06-19

Here's a direct link to the information packet: http://www.sandyspringsga.gov/SandySprings/media/Agendas/MCC/2012/0619/REG/9-Agenda-Item-No--12-158.pdf

From the drawing at the end (page 5), it looks like the parts in yellow are greenspace that will be be converted to parking spaces, and the orange are existing parking that will be restriped. 

If the "church" paid property taxes, the city could at least hit them for more because of impervious space, but they don't, so they can't (respectively).

I imagine public input will be taken at the meeting Tuesday, but wonder if it will have any bearing on a decision at this stage of the game.  It looks like scientology may have worn down another opponent with abuse of the legal system, until the opponent just gives in... 

Now, what I want to know is, who's paying for all this?
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Re: RLUIPA Law Suit Filed by Church of Scientology of Georgia
« Reply #227 on: June 19, 2012, 22:39 »
Sandy Springs City Council defers settlement of Scientology lawsuit - Reporter Newspapers (blog)
19 June 2012, 8:08 pm
By Dan Whisenhunt

The Sandy Springs City Council has deferred approving a zoning change that would settle the Church of Scientology’s lengthy religious discrimination lawsuit against the city.

The council at its June 19 meeting voted 4-2 to defer the zoning change until its July 17 meeting, rejecting the advice of its attorney. The council wanted to give residents objecting to the application more notice than they received.

Council members John Paulson and Dianne Fries voted against the motion, saying the city should follow the advice of its attorney, Laurel Henderson, who is representing the city in the case.

The city ran a public notice about the proposed settlement in the Sandy Springs Neighbor newspaper but did not run a notice in the Sandy Springs Reporter newspaper. Robin Beechey, a resident who has been vocal against the application since it was introduced in 2009, said many in the community living in the Perimeter inside I-285  do not receive The Sandy Springs Neighbor.

more at http://www.reporternewspapers.net/2012/06/19/sandy-springs-city-council-defers-settlement-of-scientology-lawsuit/


Sandy Springs delays vote on church expansion (AJC)

http://www.ajc.com/news/north-fulton/sandy-springs-delays-vote-1460913.html
http://www.ajc.com/news/north-fulton/sandy-springs-delays-vote-1461316.html

Video and additional comments will be posted later.
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Re: RLUIPA Law Suit Filed by Church of Scientology of Georgia
« Reply #228 on: June 19, 2012, 23:25 »

more at http://www.reporternewspapers.net/2012/06/19/sandy-springs-city-council-defers-settlement-of-scientology-lawsuit/

Comments are open on the above link. Let the Sandy Springs citizenry know what apparently cannot be spoken about @ public meetings I.E The TRUTH!

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Re: RLUIPA Law Suit Filed by Church of Scientology of Georgia
« Reply #232 on: June 22, 2012, 12:11 »
Robin Beechey was very eloquent at the meeting.

Why do I find that unsurprising? And you gotta love that accent!

'til next time;
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Re: RLUIPA Law Suit Filed by Church of Scientology of Georgia
« Reply #233 on: June 22, 2012, 12:44 »
^^^
Definitely!  ;D

One more article:

City council delays Scientology vote - NeighborNewspapers.com
22 June 2012, 2:47 pm
by Noreen Lewis Cochran

The Los Angeles-based Church of Scientology received a setback in its application to renovate 5395 Roswell Road at the corner of Glenridge Drive when the Sandy Springs City Council at its regular meeting Tuesday at City Hall voted 4-2 to defer the vote until its July 17 meeting.

more at http://neighbornewspapers.com/bookmark/19079282-City-council-delays-Scientology-vote
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Re: RLUIPA Law Suit Filed by Church of Scientology of Georgia
« Reply #234 on: July 11, 2012, 20:07 »
The neighbors are still opposed:

http://neighbornewspapers.com/view/full_story/19268493/article-LETTER-TO-THE
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Residents object to Scientology rezoning
July 11, 2012 02:14 PM

EDITOR:

We represent several hundred homeowners who live in the immediate vicinity of 5395 Roswell Road. We objected to the original rezoning in 2009 and now object strongly to a further proposed expansion of the use as a church, by conversion of the basement parking garage.

We believe...

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Re: RLUIPA Law Suit Filed by Church of Scientology of Georgia
« Reply #235 on: July 13, 2012, 22:11 »
Sandy Springs to consider Scientology church's expansion plans - Atlanta Journal Constitution
13 July 2012, 5:04 pm
By Pat Fox

Opponents of an expansion at the Church of Scientology in Sandy Springs say they hope to defeat the proposal Tuesday when it goes before the City Council.

Church leaders have waited three years for permission to add 12,000 square feet to their building near Roswell Road and Glendridge Drive. The proposal was defeated in 2009, and the church filed suit.

Last year, a federal judge upheld the city's decision to limit the size of the church based on its on-site parking, but church leaders say they have corrected the deficiency.

The City Council appeared poised to approve the rezoning last month, but more than 50 opponents showed up and argued they had not been given enough notice to prepare their case. They said they oppose the expansion based on its effect on one of the city's busiest intersections.

The council voted 5-2 to delay a decision until this month.

"I think that some on the council might be peddling the view that this has all been settled," said Robin Beechey, who represents the Willow Glen Condominium Association. "That is not the case. It's perfectly open to the council to turn this application down."

more at http://www.ajc.com/news/north-fulton/sandy-springs-to-consider-1477714.html
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Re: RLUIPA Law Suit Filed by Church of Scientology of Georgia
« Reply #236 on: July 13, 2012, 22:15 »
City changes liability insurance - Sandy Springs Reporter
By Dan Whisenhunt

As Sandy Springs wraps up its ongoing lawsuit with the Church of Scientology, the city is moving its liability insurance policy out of a insurance pool that has paid the city’s legal costs.

City leaders say the move will save money while providing the same level of coverage.

Records show the switch to a private insurer will save the city nearly $200,000 this year. The Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency, known has GIRMA, has been the city’s liability insurer since 2005. GIRMA is a shared-risk insurance pool offered to cities, which are typically too costly for private insurers to cover.

George Van Leuven, manager of risk management for GIRMA, said the insurance pool has spent $84,000 to date defending the city in the Scientology suit, which has dragged through the courts since 2009. The city was also billed for a $10,000 deductible on the claim.

more at http://www.reporternewspapers.net/2012/06/28/city-changes-liability-insurance/
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Re: RLUIPA Law Suit Filed by Church of Scientology of Georgia
« Reply #238 on: July 17, 2012, 22:14 »
Vote expected on Church of Scientology - WGCL Atlanta
17 July 2012, 1:10 pm

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....Woody Galloway, an attorney for the church, told CBS Atlanta that the church will use land at the adjacent post office to secure an additional 50 parking spots and comply with city ordinances.

"This is a desperate attempt to try to prevent the church from going forward," Galloway said. "They will not be successful."

Galloway said that a 44,000-square-foot church facility will generate less traffic than the offices the building once housed.

"There is no reason for this case to be denied," Galloway said.

The council voted to allow the church to continue with its plans, but some neighbors said their fight isn't over - they're considering a lawsuit against the Sandy Springs next.

"We won the argument but lost the case," Beechey said.

Video: http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/19045059/vote-expected-on-church-of-sciento

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Sandy Springs grants church expansion - ajc

By Pat Fox
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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With a packed house looking on Tuesday night, the Sandy Springs City Council approved a request by the Church of Scientology to expand its facility near the corner of Roswell Road and Glendridge Drive.

The 5-1 vote ended a three-year battle the church has waged to add 12,000 square feet to a former office building it has occupied since 2009.

"It's been a long struggle," said attorney William Woodson Galloway, who represented the church. "We think the City Council did the right thing in approving the settlement."

A crowd of about 50 church members were on hand to speak in support of the expansion.

more at http://www.ajc.com/news/dekalb/sandy-springs-grants-church-1479764.html
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Re: RLUIPA Law Suit Filed by Church of Scientology of Georgia
« Reply #239 on: July 17, 2012, 23:32 »
One has to wonder how the hell they are going to come up with the money to finish such a project, considering they have had the building for years now, and have not improved it in any noticeable way...

Serious regging action on the horizon, I do believe! Poor (and getting poorer) little clams...

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