'Scientology is dying': John Brousseau on the decline of Int Base and fate of Shelly Miscavige - 2017-11-11
On Wednesday, Erin Hodges Plumb wrote up her visit to the San Jacinto City Council, which briefly considered the notion of closing Gilman Springs Road before approving a motion never to bring the subject up again.
Closing the road has long been a dream of the Church of Scientology, whose secretive 500-acre "Int Base" management compound is split in two by the highway. But we were surprised that Scientology might still be trying to make that happen for one simple reason: Int Base is becoming an afterthought.
Once, the Southern California base housed some 800 Sea Org workers, and was the primary home of Scientology leader David Miscavige. It was also the location of Miscavige's notorious prison for his top lieutenants, known as "The Hole." But after the conditions in The Hole were made public in 2009, Miscavige has lessened the compound's importance. The population at the base has fallen to around 250, a new set of studios was opened in Hollywood so the base's "Golden Era" studios have less reason to exist, and recent defectors claim that Miscavige himself hasn't been at the base in four years.