Due to the Ideal Org Program, the public of every Class V org are being pushed to donate for the purchase of multi-million-dollar buildings and lavish renovations. This is in addition to donations made for services and the IAS. This raises some very real questions as to the validity of such a program. One can watch the International event in which COB explains his reasoning; however, it ultimately would boil down to whether or not this aligns with LRH policy, and whether or not it actually achieves its stated purpose.
According to LRH, that purpose could be summed up as:
The ideal org would be an activity where people came to achieve freedom and where they had confidence they would attain it.
It would have enough space in which to train, process and administrate without crowding.
It would be located where the public could identify and find it. [HCO PL 12 Mar. 75, II, IDEAL ORGS]
The current “Ideal Org” strategy attempts to achieve this by extracting additional contributions from public, which do not result in any actual service in exchange. This is an “unusual solution” which reduces the parishioner’s ability to pay for their own Bridge, and in many cases results in them being stuck with a huge debt that puts them at the effect of creditors.
This is in direct violation of HCO PL 24 Feb. 64 II, ORG PROGRAMING:
If the org slumps during this transition period, don’t engage in “fund raising” or “selling postcards” or borrowing money.
Just make more income with Scientology.
It’s a sign of very poor management to seek extraordinary solutions for finance outside Scientology. It has always failed.
For orgs as for pcs “Solve It With Scientology.”
Every time I myself have sought to solve finance or personnel in other ways than Scientology I have lost out. So I can tell you from experience that org solvency lies in More Scientology, not patented combs or fund raising barbecues.
The incorrectness of this strategy is proven by the statistics of the Class V orgs that have complied with the Ideal Org Program. For instance, since the opening of the new Pasadena “Ideal Org” building in July 2010, the average weekly Corrected Gross Income of the org has only been $8,667. [Note: the gross income of the org is corrected for “off-the-top” expenses such as bookstore re-stocking and bank fees.]
The main reason for this mediocre production in my opinion is that the Ideal Org Program has shifted the focus of importance from service to facilities. In other words, a fancy new building in itself does not improve quality of service. In fact, it violates the three conditions of existence, BE, DO, HAVE, by creating a must-have before the org can do.
The truth is that a real Ideal Org is built just as LRH wrote in The Auditor #51, “What Your Donations Buy”:
So little by little, using donations you give us for your service, your training and your processing, we create little by little areas of sanity.
LRH expanded on this in HCO PL 12 Mar. 75 II, Ideal Orgs:
Such an ideal org would be built by taking what one has and step by step building and smoothing; grooving in and handling each of its functions, with each of its divisions doing more and more of its full job better and better.
The Ideal Org Program which requires all Class V orgs to move into a St. Hill-size building (35,000+ sq. ft.) violates the most basic and common-sense principle of viability. Because of this, many of the “Ideal Orgs” are simply not viable; i.e. their income vs. expenses is upside down, and their staff are getting paid very little. Yet, they are still being ordered to expand into quarters that are much larger and much more expensive to maintain before there is any service-related need for such facilities.
For example, a new 45,000 square-foot “Ideal Org” building in Pasadena was purchased for $3.5 million in 2006. Then another $6 million in renovations were completed in 2010. That’s an incredible amount of resources utilized for facilities compared to the meager production of the org during that same time period mentioned above. And then there are the much higher utility and maintenance bills that such a large facility requires! This definitely goes against LRH’s recommendations in HCO PL 23 Sept. 70, QUARTERS, POLICY REGARDING:
VIABILITY of the org (its economic survival including its security from political-enemy-motivated attack) is the first and foremost consideration. In terms of quarters an org can afford just so much expense. Therefore, viability is the first consideration—not how posh or what repute or what image. Thus, we have the policy that:
THE FIRST CONSIDERATION IN PROCURING QUARTERS IS THE VIABILITY OF THE ORG.
CONCLUSION: Viability of economics must not exceed the income of the org. The SAFE figure for rent and mortgage payments must not exceed 15 percent to 17 percent of the gross income of the org.”
Furthermore, the promise of “unprecedented expansion” has not been evident so far by inspection of actual statistics. This is observable at the existing Ideal Orgs, which have not significantly expanded in terms of students and PCs. For instance, since the opening of the new Pasadena Ideal Org there have been zero auditors made and only a handful of Grades completions! Yet, that is the real measure of an org’s success per LRH ED 131 INT, LIFE REPAIR BLOCK:
Orgs have only 2 major final valuable products.
One is well-trained auditors. The other is satisfied pcs.
In other words, we should be focusing on making auditors and satisfying preclears, instead of improving our image. Service instead of bricks and mortar!
In my opinion, the Ideal Org Program should be classified as a destructive order. By complying without querying it, we are all complicit in an overt that is in effectively suppressing every Class V org on the planet. We simply cannot continue supporting a strategy that is destructive on such a large scale.
This certainly would agree with what LRH said in Lecture 31 Dec. 60, “The Genus of Scientology”:
We own tremendous amount of property. We own a tremendous amount of material, and so forth. And it keeps growing. But that’s not important.
When buildings get important to us, for God’s sake, some of you born revolutionists, will you please blow up the central headquarters.”
Don’t get interested in real estate. Don’t get interested in masses of buildings, because that’s not important.