Mayor Wants A "Preserve Our Neighborhoods" Task Force
According to a press release by the City of Costa Mesa this afternoon, HERE, Mayor Jim Righeimer has announced that he wants to form YET ANOTHER committee! This time he wants to form a task force that will examine ways to lessen the negative impact on neighborhoods caused by residents of some group homes.
A BIG PROBLEM...
Lately there has been lots of chatter by speakers before the council about this issue - it's NOT a small problem. Since Newport Beach clamped down on their proliferation of rehab facilities some of the operators of those places simply moved across our common border, bought or rented several homes - many on the Eastside - and continued business as usual.
...AND GROWING LIKE THE BLOB
As you might expect, neighbors of these places are pretty darn upset - and I can understand why. Issues like smoking, noise, increased traffic, parking problems, intimidation, trash (including discarded illegal drug paraphernalia have all been reported surrounding these kind of facilities.
LAWS NOT ENOUGH?
The city has a new Nuisance Abatement Ordinance designed to manage many of those issues, but we probably don't have enough enforcement staff to take care of it.
CONTACT CITY HALL
According to the mayor, he will provide more information on this task force at the council meeting on December 5th - like, maybe, whether he will get council approval to create it, for example. In the meantime, folks interested in applying for the Preserve Our Neighborhoods Task Force should contact Sharon Rodelius at City Hall at 714-754-5107. It's unclear whether folks who do not belong to the usual cadre sycophants that I now refer to as B.K.O.R (Butt-Kissers Of Righeimer) will be found to be acceptable candidates - but you can try.