Source: Tri-Valley Herald
On August 23, 2004 Tri-Valley Herald reported that, "it's been two years since an Alameda County judge ordered elections for leaders of Fremont's Sikh temple, one of the wealthiest and most influential in the state. Court appeals by the current leaders, who argue that the state overstepped the church-state separation, have failed. But the five men whom Judge Julia Spain decided were holding office illegally still are governing the temple's estimated $1 million in annual income and deciding policy for thousands of Sikh followers who attend the Fremont temple... A court hearing has been set for Aug. 31 at the Hayward Hall of Justice. The two parties, including the current leaders and six men who sued after calling for an election in the spring of 2002, will meet to decide what to do next. "