Home Bible Study Illegal in CA city

Last year a couple in the city of San Juan Capistrano, were fined $600 for holding a home Bible study. Ironically, the city was founded as a mission in the late 1700s by Catholic priest Junipero Serra.

They were served 2 $300 fines for not having a permit, since the city was considering it a church.  They appealed but were told that future fines would be higher if they continued without a permit.

The californiality articles mentions that:

The Fromm Family was expected to go through the same expenses, permits and approvals as a church full of worshipers would, including engineering and traffic studies, architectural designs, seismic retrofits and public hearings regarding the need for such a prayer meeting..

The case has gone to appeals court.  The situation created a PR nightmare.  The Fromm couple “dropped their lawsuit after the city returned their money and offered to re-examine the municipal code”

Full article can be found here.