The city of Oakland, California is not in harmony with one of its historic churches.
The West Oakland Pleasant Grove Baptist Church recently received a letter from the city threatening to fine the church a $3,500 nuisance fee, and $500 daily, if its gospel choir doesn’t quiet down during its practices, according to SFist.
“[This] activity may constitute a public nuisance due to its impact to the use and quiet enjoyment of the surrounding community’s property,” the city’s letter states.
The Pleasant Grove congregation said it never received any prior warnings from the city and can’t understand how the church’s choir could now be seen as a nuisance after so many decades.
“Kind of hard to believe because we’ve been here about 65 years in the community and all of a sudden we get some concerns about the noise,” said Pleasant Grove pastor Thomas A Harris III
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