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Christmas Trees Banned In CA Seniors Complex

From the Los Angeles Daily News:

Seniors decry ban on Christmas tree in their complex in Newhall

By Mariecar Mendoza | December 5, 2012

Residents in a Newhall senior apartment complex are protesting an order from management to remove their beloved Christmas tree from the community room because, they were told, it’s a religious symbol.

On Tuesday, Tarzana-based JB Partners Group Inc. sent a memo to staff at The Willows senior apartment building demanding they take down Christmas trees and menorahs in communal areas.

The company has owned The Willows for four years, but this is the first time it’s given such a directive to staff.

There is no indication anywhere in this story that ‘The Willows’ is a government institution. So there doesn’t seem to be any legal requirement. (Which is nonsense, anyway.)

On Wednesday, two dozen residents in the 75-resident complex gathered in the lobby to place a neon green sign that read: "Please Save Our Tree."

"We’re all angry. We want that tree," said Fern Scheel, who has lived at the complex for nearly two years. "Where’s our freedom? This is ridiculous."

The Willows staff and JB Property supervisor Wethanie Law [sic] declined to comment. JB Partners Group owns apartments in California, Oklahoma and Colorado.

Resident Edna Johnson said Law had told her the tree had to be taken down because it’s a religious symbol.

"We could put out Easter baskets, have turkey for Thanksgiving but no tree for Christmas because it has Christ’s name in the beginning of Christmas," Johnson said.

Frances Schaeffer, who is Jewish, said she doesn’t understand the property management company’s stance. "This tree is a symbol of reverence that we can all enjoy regardless of our religious beliefs," she said.

Max Greenis who has lived at the complex for a year with his wife, Bonnie, said he’s considering withholding his rent in protest of what he calls an abomination of the holiday tradition.

"I’ve got grandkids and they come here and now they’ll ask, `Grandpa, where’s the Christmas tree?’ Then I’ll have to explain that someone said we couldn’t have one. What kind of message is that sending to the kids?" Greenis asked.

After the protest – really more of a gathering over coffee and dougnuts [sic] to angrily air their concerns – some residents got so riled that they began taking the tree apart themselves. Some even took parts of the artificial tree back to their apartments in defiance.

"For some folks this is the only Christmas tree they’ll have all season," resident Robert Troudeau said. "There are people overseas fighting for our freedoms and dying and we’re here fighting over things like this. It’s a shame."

"Freedoms"? What a quaint and antique notion.

These people are old.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, December 6th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Christmas Trees Banned In CA Seniors Complex”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    If you take the Gummint’s money, you are meant to be pagan heathens. Get over it.

  2. canary says:

    JB Partners Group Inc have taken their site down. The 877 number for the franchise thick accented woman says it’s not true, it’s not true, the tree has never been taken down, it’s always there. Then I called the home itself and after busy signals, got an accent playing clueless, saying the same the tree is always there and never taken down.

    So, I suggest a community group go on Christmas and sing carols which is the tradition and let the families know.

    The Governor of Rhode Islands stupid outburst to include out and out lies over no Christmas tree may have set this out.

    When pointed out the White House has a Christmas the tree the strange RI Governor said no it doesn’t. It’s called the White House ‘holiday tree’. When showed the massive tree pulling up on the wagon with the White House Christmas Tree on it.

    Then the strange RI Governor lied the pres Obama calls it the holiday tree. When showed video of Obama speaking of the long tradition of the “Christmas” tree, the governor stuck to his guns.
    One of those people you can’t argue with. Strange man. Good thing RI is a hole in the wall.

  3. Petronius says:

    Down here at the Shady Grove Rehabilitation Clinic, some of us old codgers got together and decided to call our Christmas tree a “Kwanza tree” (wink-wink).

    That seemed to placate the management, at least for the time being.

  4. Astravogel says:

    Many of the folks in these concerns were busy fighting for
    liberty in WW 2 or Korea, or worked in the defense plants
    just so these knuckleheads could inflict their silly ideas on
    them. Looks like lumps of coal in those stockings!

  5. Mithrandir says:


    Here is where his tactics would come in handy. NAME NAMES! and then when you find out who gave the order, you march on his home and cause all sorts of misery. You must make an example and train these liberals that when they go over the line, all hell is going to break loose on them. –It’s the only thing they respect.

    And if they don’t name names, you focus on a target, fixate on it, go after it, until they relent.

    Good ‘ol Saul Alinsky! It’s too bad conservatives don’t have the guts to turn the tables on them once in a while.

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