Community Planning Group in Del Cerro Flexes Its Muscles – Unanimously Opposes Mega-Church

by on August 23, 2023 · 3 comments

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Screen capture from Fox5 of Navajo Community Planning Group meeting, Aug. 21, 2023

by Kasia Gregorczyk / Fox5 San Diego / Aug 21, 2023

Nearly five years after a controversial plan to build a new church in the Del Cerro community of San Diego was proposed, a local community planning group unanimously voted against recommending the project’s approval.

Discussion of a new All Peoples Church location kicked off Monday’s meeting of the local Navajo Community Planning Group, including a presentation of details relating to infrastructure improvements like a new sidewalk, traffic signal and a bike path.

However, residents during the meeting criticized the presented renderings of what the area could look like for being “not to scale.”

“Let’s not have people come outside of the neighborhood and tell us what our neighborhood should look like,” said Del Cerro resident, Lisa Stein.

All Peoples Church’s “The Light Project” would sit on nearly six acres off College Avenue and the Interstate 8, with enough room for a 900-seat sanctuary, 12 classrooms and more than 350 parking spots.

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unwashedwalmartTHONg August 25, 2023 at 8:58 pm

Not another church! Another parcel of land removed from the tax base.
I would be up in arms also if a giant church proposed building another Religio-Political LLC in my neighborhood. It would be Not In My Backyard if I actually had a back yard.
Who the heck proposed churches become tax-exempt entities? Who? I heard it was LBJ, but I’m having a brewski & not inclined to do the research. There’s enough Religio-Politcal, Inc in this country for my taste.
I’m not inclined to prop up any mythological entity like a church just because they want “to grow their congregation.”
Time for another brewski.


Chris August 29, 2023 at 10:29 am

The tax exempt status goes long before LBJ. A big part of it is that churches are considered “charities” right or wrong.


Geoff Page August 29, 2023 at 10:57 am

Good for Del Cerro. They should have cited the impact The Rock Church had in Serra Mesa and that the same church has had in Point Loma. All along the way, the church lied about the size of its congregation. I see no reason to trust any church more than any other business and the tax-exempt status needs to be eliminated.


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