California church ordered to remove ‘Support Our Troops’ sign

Simple Truth Church signA California church is battling county officials over a sign it updated with a “Save Our Troops” message.

Nevada County cited permitting issues in demanding that Simple Truth Church take down the sign, which features two banners – one with the church logo above an American flag and the troops message.

“When we leased the building, we inherited a dilapidated sign that advertised Gateway Realty, to whom we sublease part of the office,” Pastor Jeff Alaways of Simple Truth Church said in an email to The Union. “They still occupy that corner, along with us. We were told that the sign was placed there 35-plus years ago and that it has been an ‘eyesore’ for several years.”

Recently, parishioners took on the task of cleaning the grounds, painting the building and updating the old sign, Alaways told The Union.

“We, as a church, pray for our troops every Sunday and project photos of those soldiers we know who are on active duty, all of whom are from Nevada County,” Alaways said. “We also send care packages to soldiers stationed all over the world. We support our troops and thought that the banner would be fitting because folks in Nevada County have always been patriotic and support our troops.”

In a letter to church officials, Nevada County Planning Department Director Brian Foss said sign regulations require approval before changes or alterations can be made to an existing sign. The Gateway Realty sign, grandfathered in when codes were changed, was out of compliance in 2007.

The county was alerted to the sign’s new message by a complaint, according to a local CBS affiliate.

“It’s a little surprising,” church member Julia Stokes told CBS13. “All we meant to do was beautify the area, the corner, and it’s a reminder for me — for everyone that drives by — to pray for the troops. People just drive by and love it. There have been four new people come to our church because of that sign.”

If the sign isn’t removed, the county could take it down and fine the church, according to CBS 13. The church plans to meet with the county next week to try to resolve the issue and keep the sign.

Watch the report below via CBS13:

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs and PAC management for nearly 20 years. Cheryl can be reached by email at Cheryl@bizpacreview.com & on Twitter @CherylBPR
About Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs and PAC management for nearly 20 years. Cheryl can be reached by email at Cheryl@bizpacreview.com & on Twitter @CherylBPR

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    The county is claiming “no changes or alterations to an existing sign can occur without first obtaining approval”.

    Clearly that authority is intended for the construction or alteration of the sign itself …and not for the message it would display.

    It’s neither logical or legal that the county would first have to censor and approve all advertisements before being posted in that county. It seems Planning Director Brian Foss is deliberately misinterpreting their authority to have the message removed.

  • Ivan

    California is a sad joke with no punchline. The few bright spots of goodness in that decadent cesspool are hounded and destroyed as soon asthe PC majority identify them.

  • Jody Johnson

    So glad to hear this California county has nothing bigger on their agenda to deal with than get rid of this “disturbing” sign…

  • TheDirtmover

    Being local,, and REALLY peeved upon reading this news,
    I plan to “stand watch” tomorrow. I get the feeling I won’t be alone.
    Nevada County is full of VETS, young and old.

  • fusco

    If it was a gay sign or a muslin sign or support obama there would be no problem but since it is patriotic and religious it has to go.

  • Jenni

    Government controlling our lives once again. Has anyone been hurt by this sign? Get hold of your Supervisors and let them know where your votes will go the next election if the sign is removed. Exceptions can always be made.

  • Pamela K. Cahoon Laub

    I was amazed at the man who found the sign disturbing. Oh right, it was in CA – the land of many liberals.

  • applesofgold

    You can call Brian Foss, the Nevada County Planning Dept. head @ 530.265.1222.

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    Where most activities are restricted and controlled, the term “liberties” is often used to describe those options which are still available.

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