Monrovia’s got a rumor control page on their Web site that addresses, well, rumors.
I spotted just this on there:
The City ordered First Christian Church to close down its ministry to the homeless and threatened to fine the church $2,000 per day if it did not comply.
Fact: The Monrovia Police Department informed the church’s leadership on several occasions that neighbors were filing complaints about the homeless people who came to the church to use its showers and to be fed – complaints that they were sleeping in neighboring yards and urinating and defecating on home lawns.
There were many reports of similar incidents on public property and at the nearby Community Center as well. The church was told that the complaints were mounting, that neighbors were considering a Public Nuisance lawsuit against the church and that the complaints on file with the police department could support such a suit.
The church leadership itself then shut down aspects of the homeless outreach program. At no time did the City or the Police Department order the church to end its program.
I don’t remember us reporting on this, but I could be wrong. None the less, it’s a pretty interesting issue…..