Scientology's Orange County Ideal Org Donor List: Are You on It?

On Thursday, we learned that we have no idea when the Church of Scientology's new Ideal Org at Sycamore and Fifth streets at the former Santa Ana Performing Arts and Event Center in downtown Santa Ana will open.

But, we found a list of donors to the project.

Luis Garcia, a former champion of the cause, tells his tale of financial woe at Marty Rathbun's blog, where there also happens to be a document honoring the Ideal Org's financial backers.


It's titled "New Civilization Builder".

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Read Garcia's account. But here's an excerpt:

This is a brief accounting summary of the project as I understand it:

1. Building purchase price: $6.2 million. April 2006.

2. Commission paid to Staubach: $160,000.

3. $175,000 paid to tenants to get them to move.

Add to this the lost of rental income for the last 4 years: $8,000 per month, 48 months = $384,000. Moreover, the lease would have been up by now, so the $175,000 tenant pay-off could have been saved. But hey! The renos had to start yesterday! "Pay him! Get him out!"

4. Now, the letter above says $1.3 million was raised in the last 6 months (more like in the last 5 years, since 2006).

5. "Management made an award of $1.2 million."

6. So that leaves a mere $2.7 million more to be raised by LRH's birthday (March 2011). And that is if the damned target stays put for a while! I'm telling you, this target has had legs for the last 5 years!
7. But let's not forget the $3 million they will hopefully get from the sale of the existing building. Back in 2006 they had multiple offers for around $5 million and they turned them down.

Do the math, and this 100 year old, asbestos-ridden, 42,000 sq. foot building is going to cost a total of $14.7 million ($350/sq. ft.).

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Anona Mouse
Anona Mouse

I saw Kirstie Alley's name in the list of donors, but as a 'Vanguard with Honors'. If that's the real Kirstie her name is kinda low down from the top for someone with her cash. And where are names of the other big Hollywood celebrities who claim their success is due to their membership? Hey little Tom Cruise, come out of the closet and pony up some cash! Why isn't John Travolta's name at the top, along with that kook who was the annoying woman in 'Dharma and Greg'? These idiots are always shilling for Scientology when they have something to promote. Guess it's easier and cheaper to con others into opening their wallets instead.

Fraser the Doughnut
Fraser the Doughnut

If he donated half a million dollars and then after leaving the Church they took his name off the list, he might have grounds to sue for breach of contract, as with those who donated to the Super Power Project Cornerstone and then left the Church.

When he made the donation, there was an explicit agreement made by the Church to have his name included on that list. Donations for Ideal Orgs and the Super Power Cornerstone are considered special humanitarian donations by the Church, meaning that they solicit these donations from anyone, including non-Scientologists. So, if a non-Scientologist donated to Super Power, their name would be included on the Cornerstone. Ditto for Ideal Orgs.

As far as I can tell there is nothing that a person donating to these "humanitarian" causes signs  that gives up their right to have their names included if they abandon Scientology.

I would suggest everyone who ever donated to Ideal Orgs and Super Power, who then left the Church and had their names removed, get together to file a class action suit against Scientology and get their money back plus damages.

It is insane for Scientology to be able to get away with murder in this way. There must be a price to pay.

AnonymousSP
AnonymousSP

Good article.  Too bad the names appear only if you are in good standing, huh?  Looks like a cult, acts like a cult, sounds like a cult, ...

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

I guess Osumanti is one of the suckers on that list.

Julie_Kanon
Julie_Kanon

If it looks like a pyramid scheme, acts like a pyramid scheme, it IS a pyramid scheme.

Ivy Mapother
Ivy Mapother

Maybe as a birthday present to David Miscavige, everyone on that list could double their efforts and fund this Ideal Org. Miscavige has the slave labor, he just needs more money. With April 30th coming fast, let's get those bank accounts drained for the Chairman.

Guest
Guest

They should invent a "fourth mortgage" specifically for Scientologists who want to indebt themselves into a hole they'll never climb to support David Miscavige's real-estate empire.

Marc Abian
Marc Abian

Josh, terrific article. BTW, Mr. Garcia not only donated over half a million to this project, but when he left the Church, they took his name off of the donor's list!

As I read the members, it looks as though they've spent more than nine million dollars on this project, and it looks nowhere close to finished. What a scam!

booger jones
booger jones

alot of hard sell sales tactics and arm twisting along with people stretching their finances thin by taking out 2nd and 3rd Mortgages,or running their business finances into the ground went into making that list. It was all so David Miscavage could replace an empty failing business model with an even bigger and glossier failing piece of real estate,to add to his personal portfolio.  

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