Neighbors of Trinity Broadcasting Network are once again complaining
that the religious center is praising the Lord a little too loudly,
and on Tuesday the Costa Mesa City Council just might listen.
Formally named the Trinity Christian Center but commonly known as
TBN, the organization operates from a large complex on Bear Street
abutting the San Diego (405) Freeway.
The center operates under a permit that prohibits activities after
10 p.m. and restricts the hours for other operations.
Since moving broadcasting and other operations to Costa Mesa in
1996, TBN has battled with a handful of neighbors in an adjacent
housing development, who complained about lights and noise from the
In April 2003, the city refused TBN a permit for outdoor
Neighbor Stacy Schofro, whose backyard is next to TBN, recently
complained about noise from a hydraulic lift that TBN workers use to
put up and repair outdoor lights.
She and other neighbors have filed about 60 or 70 complaints with
the city's code enforcement department since early 2003, Schofro
said. Noise comes over her back wall and into her bedroom windows
from buses unloading passengers as well as operations of the lift,
"They grind up and down. It's like listening to a tractor," she
City code officials wrote the center two citations for using the
lift after permitted hours on Dec. 22, according to a city staff
Officials at TBN could not be reached for comment Friday.
It's not just Schofro who's complaining, said Councilwoman Linda
Dixon, who wants the Planning Commission to reconsider TBN's permit.
"I've heard major concerns from other people," she said.
"Sometimes the planning process needs to be amended and fixed if it's
not working properly."