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ORANGE COUNTY IDEAL ORG
This building eliminated the withering Tustin Org
orange county ideal or openingSANTA ANA 6/2/2012:  About six years ago, at the height of the real estate market, Orange County Scientologists purchased this once great building 48,000-square-foot building.  Originally a Masonic Temple and recently marketed as Santa Ana’s eminent Performing Arts & Event Center, the ultra-plush renovation features Gothic Revival interiors, arched ceilings, leaded glass doors, glass and alabaster chandeliers, plush a hand-carved mahogany staircase. Then the cult did nothing.

angry gay popeThey couldn't afford to renovate for years.  They had to simultaneously pay for upkeep and utilities of the Tustin Org (at right).  Eventually in June 2010 they could not even pay their own water bill and the grass was getting high all over the Tustin compound.

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TOUR:  http://www.scientology-orangecounty.org/inside-our-church.html
http://www.scientology-orangecounty.org/inside-our-church/grand-opening.html
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/scientology-364710-hubbard-body.html
http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2012/09/loretta_sanchez_scientology.php


luis and rcio garciaentrance church of scientology orange countyEx-Scientologist Luis Garcia gave the church over a million dollars but left in disgust in 2010 after the wasteful purchase of this building. His analysis?

This is a brief accounting summary of the project as I understand it:

1. Building purchase price: $6.2 million. April 2006.

2. Commission paid to Staubach: $160,000.

3. a)  $175,000 paid to tenants to get them to move.
    b)  Add to this the lost of rental income for the last 4 years: $8,000 per month, 48 months = $384,000. Moreover, the lease would have been up by now, so the $175,000 tenant pay-off could have been saved. But hey! The renovations had to start yesterday! "Pay him! Get him out!"

4. Now, the letter above says $1.3 million was raised in the last 6 months (more like in the last 5 years, since 2006).

5. "Management made an award of $1.2 million."

6. So that leaves a mere $2.7 million more to be raised by LRH's birthday (March 2011). And that is if the damned target stays put for a while! I'm telling you, this target has had legs for the last 5 years!

7. But let's not forget the $3 million they will hopefully get from the sale of the existing (Tustin) building. Back in 2006 they had multiple offers for around $5 million and they turned them down.

Do the math, and this 100 year old, asbestos-ridden, 42,000 sq. foot building is going to cost a total of $14.7 million ($350/sq. ft.).

Ex-Scientologist interviewed at Orange County Ideal Org opening
6/2/2012: Meet a young woman at a protest who blew (got out of) Scientology with the help of her family. She sees some of her old friends at the Org opening who try to ignore her. She describes the process of waking up, getting out, and what that feels like. Interviewed by protester "I'm Glib".