Homeowner starts petition after HOA tells them to take down wooden cross in front yard

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Samantha Joann started a petition after the Northwood Ranch Estates Homeowners Association asked her to take down the wooden cross in front of her home. 

Joann says her family has displayed the eight foot cross for almost three years as a symbol of their faith. 

After receiving a letter from the HOA stating the cross was in violation of covenants, conditions and restriction standards regarding additional structures to the home, she submitted a request to the neighborhood's architectural committee and was denied. 

According to the HOA, the board reviewed Joann's request, but denied it due to several other structures not being approved within the community. The HOA suggested she move the cross to another portion of the home not visible from common areas. 

"It's a beautiful reminder of what Christ has done and to be able to look at the everyday and make it the focus of your home is something we've loved" said Joann. 

23 ABC reached out to Kelly Management representing the HOA for comment. Here is their full statement: 

"Because of the confidential nature of our business, we are unable to talk about the specific matter in question. We can assure you that Kelly Management respects the views of individuals but must treat all homeowners the same regarding such matters that occur within the boundaries of the HOA's that we are entrusted to manage. Therefore, our company acts to uphold the rules and regulations set forth by CC&R's that were put in place by the Northwood Ranch Estates Homeowners Association." 

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