SANTA 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.
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
not even pay their own water bill
and the grass was getting high all
over the Tustin compound.