The California Supreme Court has declined to review the Appellate Court decision from earlier this year. The Court had recognized that the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin (and the Corporation Sole) was the rightful owner of the property and assets involved in the long standing legal battle over the properties.
Chancellor Michael Glass reported the following information to the Diocese in an newsletter dated 14 July 2016.
“At 5 p.m. last night I was informed that the California Supreme Court has denied the defendants’ petition for review. Accordingly, the original judgment in favor of the Diocese and ordering the return of the properties and funds (approximately twenty-eight properties, including ECCO and the Cathedral, and various Diocesan funds) stands.
It is my belief that the leadership of the Anglican Diocese intends to work with the Diocese to provide for an orderly, thoughtful, and pastoral transition of the properties.
There will be further updates and communications from the Diocese as to the specifics of what happens next. The Bishop, Diocesan Council, Standing Committee, Bishop’s Office, the Diocesan Treasurer and your Chancellor have been hard at work planning for this transition.
In the meantime, the three remaining parish cases, St. John’s, Porterville, St. Paul’s, Visalia, and St. Columba, Fresno, will now resume.
There is much work to be done and once again I ask for your restraint in word and deed going forward. In speaking with Bishop David upon the receipt of this news, Bishop David’s has asked that we continue to “remain in a position of prayer for everyone involved as we continue to hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.”
Michael Glass can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org to answer further inquiries.