Olvera Street Church Slams City For Lockout Over Lease Talks

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A battle between church and state is underway in the heart of Los Angeles.

KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports members of the historic La Plaza church on Olvera Street say city officials are resorting to dirty tactics amid negotiations for a new lease.

Church member Leonara Barron accused the city of delivering a low blow by locking the congregation of their church.

“Basically, we have to call security and if they decide they let us in,” Barron said.

Councilman Jose Huizar, who represents the district in which the church resides, was perplexed by the city’s actions.

“It doesn’t make sense to me as to why the management at El Pueblo [the department that manages the historic site] would lock this congregation out of a church,” Huizar said.

Since learning of the lockout, Huizar introduced a motion that has since been approved by the council to give members access to the church while lease talks resume.

The councilman says the real issue is how much the church should pay in rent: they had been paying just one dollar per year.

Still, Huizar doesn’t expect the church to be going anywhere in the near future.

“This church will be in that location,” Huizar said.

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  1. TT says:

    They locked them out of their house of worship? – who ever did that ought to be ashamed of themselves…….They better remember thats not just any ole’ property – thats a place where people go to meet with and Worship God Almighty ….

    1. Saber 1 says:

      All the ILLEGAL ALIENS will have to go back to their country of origin to worship. Check papers and ID’s, maybe there won’t be enough people to keep the shops and church open.

      1. Lynn Adams says:

        Saber 1, this is a historic site on the National Register of Historic sites. It is an annual gathering spot for Los Pobladores, descendants of the original founders of Los Angeles who were Spanish (not Mexican) and Native Americans (Tongva, Gabrieleno and Chumash.). It is also an attraction that brings tourists, not illegals, and adds thousands of dollars into LA City coffers. Gloria Molina is the one who wants to turn it into a haven for the Mexican “immigrants”.

      2. Saber 1 says:

        Close it down you liberal. Round up all the shoppers and worshipers and deport them all. Clean the area up so non ILLEGAL ALIENS can visit with out the crime.

  2. ozzy says:

    Viva Mexico !!!! let’s go Doyers

    1. bdj says:

      What is your problem Ozzy?????

  3. Dave Q says:

    Jose Huizar was a neighbor of mine for a while…..he is a good man…..as for the city messing with God?…….with a name like Los Angeles?…….

    1. TT says:

      im just saying – its not like its a industrial bldg or a bread factory – its a church…just not nice…

  4. bdj says:

    Olvera Street is part of the great Hispanic heritage of the city of Los Angeles, and why does a church have to pay rent?

  5. 1person says:

    Locking the congregation of the church is a tactic to keep people from patronizing the shops at Olvera Street. The city is trying to raise the leases for the merchants in attempt to drive them out.

    1. Saber 1 says:

      Yes I agree. Because their ILLEGAL ALIENS who shop there, no shopping and they go away. Their spending yours and my money, which they did not earn.

  6. JON SMITH says:

    THIS PPL ARE PAYING 10 GRAND FOR RENT.. WHERE THE MONEY GOING? NO T RIZOS POCKET BUT TO VILLAREIGOZAS POCKET AND TO HIS TEAM.. WHAT HAS HE DONE FOR LA ? OOO YHEAAA HE WENT TO LAKERS GAME AND VINCENT FERNANDEZ CONCERT OOO AND CHEATED ON HIS WIFE AND MADE IT PUBLIC.. BROUGHT PUBLICITY TO LA

  7. David1825 says:

    Let’s not forget where Mayor Antoino Villaraigosa attends Mass – at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, where Cardinal Roger M. Mahony presided.

  8. Linda says:

    If the city has buildings for rent for $1 per year, then every church, every other group and every individual should have the same opportunity to rent the building. To favor a church over others should be illegal.

  9. Lynn Adams says:

    Gloria Molina and her cohorts should be ashamed of themselves. Besides trying to force the merchants out of Olvera St. and locking the church, they dug up the cemetery and took away the bones of our ancestors! Our ancestors were the original founders of Los Angeles. Spaniards and Indians-not Mexicans. The land now called Mexico was still Nuevo Espana when our ancestors came in 1781. They were buried at that cemetery from 1820 to at least 1879. How are they getting away with destroying part of a National Park and places on the National Historic Register

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