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What’s creepier than a Scientology street fair? Apparently, not much.

We were thrilled to learn that our man in Los Angeles, Jeffrey Augustine, took his camera down this weekend to Scientology’s attempt to relate to the people who live in its neighborhood.

“It was an emergency preparedness, community food market, and blood drive at Big Blue on Sunset Boulevard, and there were tents all over the place. I guess they thought if they threw enough things at the wall, something would stick,” Jeffrey tells us. “But it was clear to me that PAC Base was lost and just couldn’t relate to the residents of East Hollywood. Scientology has nothing to offer them.”

Jeffrey took lots of snapshots, and generously provided them to the Bunker along with his captions. We think you’ll find them fascinating.

1. Emptiness.


2. Something can be done about it. In this case, discount bedding.

3. Nana’s Snow Cones.

4. The original doors from Cedars of Lebanon Hospital are still there.

5. AOLA.


6. Sunday at Pac Base and it was not crowded at all.

7. Sooooo OT. The AOLA doors, where OT levels are delivered.

8. CLO WUS — the Continental Liaison Organization, Western United States.

9. Sea Org Recruitment Office.

10. Ron’s Birthday. Don’t miss it!


11. No Parking for Wogs.

12. It was beautiful weather between storms. But even with clear skies, PAC Base couldn’t draw a crowd. Empty chairs were everywhere and idle VM’s were milling about.

13. At 3:00 PM the base began packing it in and the event was finished.

14. Dismal stats to report on this event.

15. PAC Base security


16. Such a forlorn photo.

17. The bouncy houses go down.

18. It was so bleak on LRH Way that only a Venti Mocha at Starbucks was able revive me from my swoon.

19. The ASHO Lion sculpture has been there forever.



HowdyCon 2019 in Los Angeles

This year’s HowdyCon is in Los Angeles. People tend to come in starting on Thursday, and that evening we will have a casual get-together at a watering hole. We have something in mind, but for now we’re not giving out information about it.

Friday night we will be having an event in a theater (like we did on Saturday night last year in Chicago). There will not be a charge to attend this event, but if you want to attend, you need to RSVP with your proprietor at tonyo94 AT gmail.

On Saturday, we are joining forces with Janis Gillham Grady, who is having a reunion in honor of the late Bill Franks. Originally, we thought this event might take place in Riverside, but instead it’s in the Los Angeles area. If you wish to attend the reunion, you will need to RSVP with Janis (janisgrady AT gmail), and there will be a small contribution she’s asking for in order to help cover her costs.

HOTEL: Janis tells us she’s worked out a deal with Hampton Inn and Suites, at 7501 North Glenoaks Blvd, Burbank, (818) 768-1106. We have a $159 nightly rate for June 19 to 22.



Valeska Paris on Australian TV

Valeska explains her Sea Org ordeal on Australia’s biggest morning show.


How Valeska Paris Escaped Scientology

Valeska Paris was born into the Church of Scientology, and spent her childhood in a home for young recruits where she claims she suffered abuse, and even signed a billion year contract with the church. However, she managed to flee the organisation at 32 years of age — and since then, she’s been sharing her story with the world to reveal what the Church of Scientology is really like behind closed doors.

Posted by The Morning Show on Monday, March 4, 2019


Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

[The Big Three: Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and Kirstie Alley]

We’ve been building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them. Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs,’ from one end of the planet to the other! Help us build up pages about each these worldwide locations!

Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society!

Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in our weekly series. How many have you read?



[ONE year ago] Scientology turning to focus groups in anticipation of its TV ‘network’ premiering
[TWO years ago] Scientology’s Narconon rehabs haven’t changed in the least, even after dozens of lawsuits
[THREE years ago] Outfront Media rescinds contract for Scientology ‘disconnection’ billboard in Hollywood
[FOUR years ago] ‘Will Smith is not a Scientologist’ — we elaborate on our quote the press went wild for
[FIVE years ago] Larry Anderson: Scientology’s pitchman becomes a Bunker regular
[SIX years ago] Today, You Begin Your Training as a Scientologist
[SEVEN years ago] Paulette Cooper, With Help From the Voice, Discovers Her Heartrending Past
[EIGHT years ago] Daniel Montalvo Hits Scientology With Stunning Child Labor Lawsuits


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,379 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,510 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,012 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,492 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 555 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 443 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,750 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,618 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,392 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,166 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,512 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,078 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 6,998 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,165 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,746 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,006 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,046 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,758 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,284 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,373 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,513 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,833 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,689 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,808 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,164 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,466 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,572 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 1,974 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,846 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,429 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,924 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,178 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,287 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on March 5, 2019 at 07:00

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Our new book with Paulette Cooper, Battlefield Scientology: Exposing L. Ron Hubbard’s dangerous ‘religion’ is now on sale at Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats. Our book about Paulette, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper, is on sale at Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and audiobook versions. We’ve posted photographs of Paulette and scenes from her life at a separate location. Reader Sookie put together a complete index. More information can also be found at the book’s dedicated page.

The Best of the Underground Bunker, 1995-2018 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Underground Bunker (2012-2018), The Village Voice (2008-2012), New Times Los Angeles (1999-2002) and the Phoenix New Times (1995-1999)

Other links: BLOGGING DIANETICS: Reading Scientology’s founding text cover to cover | UP THE BRIDGE: Claire Headley and Bruce Hines train us as Scientologists | GETTING OUR ETHICS IN: Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice | SCIENTOLOGY MYTHBUSTING: Historian Jon Atack discusses key Scientology concepts | Shelly Miscavige, ten years gone | The Lisa McPherson story told in real time | The Cathriona White stories | The Leah Remini ‘Knowledge Reports’ | Hear audio of a Scientology excommunication | Scientology’s little day care of horrors | Whatever happened to Steve Fishman? | Felony charges for Scientology’s drug rehab scam | Why Scientology digs bomb-proof vaults in the desert | PZ Myers reads L. Ron Hubbard’s “A History of Man” | Scientology’s Master Spies | The mystery of the richest Scientologist and his wayward sons | Scientology’s shocking mistreatment of the mentally ill | The Underground Bunker’s Official Theme Song | The Underground Bunker FAQ

Watch our short videos that explain Scientology’s controversies in three minutes or less…

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