I read this story on a San Diego news website hoping to find something a bit more balanced than Fox, et al. A couple of things struck me. One, the issue of parking and safety – specifically, ensuring access for emergency vehicles. I live in L.A. where parking and zoning are also big issues. We have deadly fires here. A few years ago, wildfires in San Diego County killed a lot of folks, some while they were in their cars on neighborhood streets as they tried to escape the oncoming fire storm – some never made it to their cars. This is a cul de sac – one way out. Perhaps this crossed the mind of the neighbor who complained. It seems like a valid concern.
Parking is a valid concern on it’s own in most California cities and urban area. Many streets are narrow, some have parking restrictions limited to residents who must get parking permits. Zoning becomes an issue because residential are designed to be low traffic and congestion free as much as is allowed. The desire and demand for this will increase with the price of the property. I don’t know what kind of area this is, what price range the houses are in, etc., so I can’t say for sure how big a role this plays. If neighbors are suggesting that these meetings are large enough to require church zoning. We had a similar issue on a very expensive neighborhood in L.A. a few years ago, except it involved meetings of Hasidic Jews (of course, in this case the concerned neighbors were labeled as anti-Semites instead of anti-Christians). But it could be ongoing Tupperware parties that constantly increased congestion and parking. The neighbors could say you were operating a retail business out of your home. I guess they’d be labeled anti-Capitalist.
The point being that there are sometime legitimate concerns about property use, which is why we have zoning laws. Property rights, like civil rights, are limited when they infringe on the rights of others or increase the possibility of public harm (emergency vehicles, etc). Most folks would complain if I decided to set up a strip club or a garbage dump in my house or back yard, yet if you believe in unrestricted use of private property then you’d have no right to complain.