Mayor Announces "Special" Neighborhood Meeting Thursday
Mayor Jim Righeimer, fresh off an apparently successful Eastside "Meet the Mayor" event last Thursday, has called for another one on Thursday, August 1, 2013.
CONCERNS ABOUT REHAB HOMES
According to the information on the City web site, HERE, this event will be held at another Eastside location to "listen to concerns about rehabilitaiton homes in Costa Mesa and to discuss the city's strategy in dealing with these properties. Representatives from the Costa Mesa Police Department, Code Enforcement and other city departments will also be in attendance."
This meeting will be held at 198 Buoy Street, on the corner of Orange Avenue, near the intersection with Bay Street. See map below.
NEIGHBORS CORRECTLY CONCERNED
Apparently the neighbors in this particular neighborhood are very concerned about the proliferation of rehabilitation homes nearby and want to vent about it, and want to know what the City is going to do about it.
NEWPORT BEACH RUNOFF
This doesn't surprise me at all. Ever since Newport Beach cracked down on their rehab home problem, operators of such facilities just moved up the road and purchased dozens of relatively inexpensive Eastside homes and turned them into residential rehab facilities - sometimes many in the same neighborhood. And no wonder, since these kind of facilities are just like printing money. I'm told by those "in the know" that some facilites charge "residents" - or their insurance companies - in the area of $30,000 per month per resident! Yikes!
In case you're interested, a quick Google search turned up some interesting information. According to one site, HERE, there are at least 33 such facilities doing business in our city. Several seem to be headquartered in the 2900 block of Bristol Street, with satellite locations throughout the City. For a quick look at just a few of them click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
Let me be clear... I don't for one second deny the need for such facilities. What bothers me - and many other folks in our community - is that they seem to be clustered within neighborhoods in our city and have a very dramatic negative affect on their neighbors. It's like the way some mining operations used to do business back in the middle 1800's. A single miner would find a few flecks of gold in a stream and, before you knew it, large organizations would come in and use hydraulic pressure (water) to destroy the hillsides to gather a few more flecks of gold.
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR
I don't think this is what our mayor had in mind when he frequently said he wanted Costa Mesa to be more like Newport Beach... but, then again...