Our most enduring and longest active protester/picketer was Jules Dervaes. He used to be an employee of the Landscaping Department in Pasadena. Something ticked him off and he started protesting the church by parking his van outside the property boundaries. The van would be moved to different locations, in front of the Hall of Ad, on St. John behind the auditorium and down by the tennis courts on Del Mar.
Jules also later proclaimed that Gerald Flurry, cult leader of the Philadelphia Church of God, had stolen his writings and incorporated them in to Malachi's Message.
Jules web site is chocked full of visions and messages to those who are part of the various splinter cults of the COG. Crazy stuff! The HiddenYears Some of the web sites out there compare him to David Koresch in regards to his radical religious views.
Jules is also noted for his garden in the back of his house over off of Orange Grove close to Fair Oaks. He has made his land behind the house into an 'urgan garden'. They do everything organically and supply local restaurants with fresh produce and have sent things to Oprah for television shots.
Here is an article from The Telegraph in the UK The Dervaeses of Pasadena: Poster Family for Greener Living
For some reason Jules has decided that he owns the legal right to use the term 'urban homstead' and is now out threatening legal action against all ho use it.
Various articles about the use of the name are here:
LA Times: Who Is the True Urban Homesteader?
Dervaes Institute Seeks to Shed Light on Trademark Rumors
Because of his silly threats about using the name he is now starting to get a backlash:
Urban Homestead, Urban Homestead, Urban Homestead
Urban Homesteader. Urban Homesteader, Urban Homesteader