|Words Of Wisdom said:
We're not talking about like 2-4 people here.
We're talking about 10-15 people all driving over in cars, taking spots up and down the street.
This should be less about the fact that it was a religion-related and more about the relevant state laws regarding assembly.
California is freakin weird then. I mean my neighbors have more then 20 people over all the time. The whole street is lined with cars.
Do they do it every week? In any case does your neighbours activities effect you negatively?
Even if they do it every week, so long as they do not violate fire code or safety rules and regs, they should be allowed under freedom of assembly. Once you start regulating freedoms explicitly stated in the Constitution... well... Do I need to explain further?
The biggest problem with this case is that, as someone said before, the county is looking for extra revenue. So they have a law on the books that requires permits to gather to "worship"... and so they targeted a religious gathering for extra funds. Could they have targeted other things? Maybe, but that isn't what happened here. As such it is an affront and assault on freedoms explicitly granted to by the laws of the land.
The freedom of speech is regulated, there are concepts such as slander and libel.
In this case it seems more akin to a noise ordinance. I can play my music as loud as I want until someone complains. If I continue to play loud music and people continue to complain further action can be taken against me.
This doesn't seem like an obvious source of revenue. People would more likely stop having these gatherings if these notices were given out wholesale. The obvious source of revenue would be to install more fixed trafic cameras and raise the fines for infractions. The only way I can see this as an offront on the freedoms granted in the constitution is if they target these religeous gatherings and not other similar gatherings such as the local 30 man fantasy baseball group. Furthermore I suspect they would not know of the gatherings unless responding to a complaint, so theres that to consider as well.
Edit to respond to your edit.