GARDEN GROVE — City Atty. John Shaw filed a lawsuit last week against a Buddhist temple that officials claim has been operating illegally in a residential neighborhood.
The lawsuit alleges that the temple--known as Bat Nha Meditation Institute at 12362 West St.--is a "public nuisance" and violates city zoning codes because "the large assemblages of people, the music, the noise and the traffic interfere with the reasonable enjoyment of the property of the neighbors."
Also named in the lawsuit, filed Monday in Orange County Superior Court, were temple officials the Rev. Thich Nguyen Tri and Que Dinh Pham.
Temple officials could not be reached for comment this week.
The lawsuit said the city first "brought this illegal use" to the attention of temple officials in October.
But instead of prosecuting temple officials, the city allowed them to apply for a conditional-use permit so that they could continue to use the site as a meditation center, the lawsuit states.