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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

"APPROVE MOSQUE EXPANSION ASAP,TRAIN ALL CITY OFFICIALS WHO MAKE LAND USE DECISIONS ON RELIGIOUS LAND USE" JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO CITY OF LOMITA


In a settlement with the Justice Department, the city of Lomita agreed to expedite an Islamic center's application  
to build a mosque.

The Islamic Center of South Bay sued Lomita last year after the city denied it permission to turn eight aging houses into a single building on a 1½-acre lot.

The Justice Department weighed in on Friday, suing Lomita for violating the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. Uncle Sam claims that the state of the buildings prevent the community from being able to congregate and worship together.


The city's denial of the application had no "compelling governmental interest" and placed a "substantial burden on the religious exercise of the Islamic Center and its members," the Department of Justice said in its complaint.
Also Friday, the Justice Department filed a proposed settlement of the lawsuit, which is pending court approval.
 In the 16-page settlement, Lomita agrees to fast-track a renewed application for the mosque.

City officials who make land-use decisions will also receive training on the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.o build a mosque.


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