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Neighborhood Churches

San Diego has lost several important churches in the last few years and more are endangered. These churches most often are of great significance architecturally and culturally. In 1994 State legislators passed AB 133, a law giving religious groups a special exemption to demolish noncommercial property, even those structures considered historic resources.

State officials claimed that the new law would not necessarily mean California churches would be demolished since preservation groups could still bring suit to challenge demolitions after the exemption had been invoked. This means that community members and preservation groups will have to be on constant alert watching for churches to pull demolition permits instead of being able to take the proactive role of designating them landmarks.

Ultimately, this legislation needs to be rescinded. But, until that time, SOHO will look to work with church leaders to find alternatives to demolition and solicit the public's help in staying informed about possible threats to our neighborhood churches.

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