Monday, November 09, 2015

Brandon Jacques And Costa Mesa Recovery Homes

PLUCKED FROM FACEBOOK
Over the past couple days the sad story Brandon Jacques as told on Vice.com has been floated around Facebook.  I "shared" it with folks on my timeline... then I took the time to read the full text and watch the two embedded video clips - total time, about 15 minutes - from the Vice.com story.

A SAD LOCAL STORY
Brandon's story has been covered by the local media in the past couple years.  You can read about it HERE, HERE and HERE.  In that last one, Hannah Fry's Daily Pilot piece from August 26, 2013, it mentions "Mary Helen Beatificato, Morningside's chief executive".  Well, she spoke at the recent marathon council meeting, so they're still here, defiling our neighborhoods and devaluing our properties.

HERE'S THE STORY...
If you go to the Vice.com story, HERE, you'll find a very frightening story about what is so very, very wrong with the recovery business that has infested our city.  Watch the video clips and read the full text.  Learn about the incestuousness of this business - how they bounce clients from one facility to another - many without the skills to properly manage the person's addictions.

IT WILL MAKE YOU ANGRY
Listen to both embedded tapes, in which one operator talks about it costing $75,000 per month for his Malibu facility and says, "If you go to the Four Seasons for a month it will cost you, what, $40,000 and what do you get?"

CITY OFFICIALS MUST ACT!
We in Costa Mesa better darn well wise up, because this "industry" is taking over our city.   We're told that, although city officials know where a few of these homes are, they're not acting.  In fact, the above mentioned Ms. Beatificato told us flat out that "You don't know where we are!" during that council meeting.   It's a $35 BILLION dollar a year business!  Do you suppose there's any "palm greasing" money in that big pot?  Just wondering...

TAKE THE TIME... MAKE SOME CALLS
Take a half hour... read the article and watch the two clips - they're not together in the text.  You owe it to yourselves and your families.  After you do, perhaps you'll understand why the City and residents are being sued for challenging them.  And, maybe, you'll decide this issue is important enough for you to get involved and contact the members of the City Council to demand they enforce the new laws they've passed.  Get angry that Newport Beach shuffled their recovery home problem across the border to Costa Mesa.  Just get angry, for goodness sake!

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Westside4ever said...

Ms. Beatificato fails to add to her "you don't know where we are" statement that they are operating recovery homes in Costa Mesa which they haven't bothered to apply for the city permit to operate. Not only that, the homes are definitely not licensed as an approved program for drug and alcohol recovery due to their state license being revoked after the death of Mr. Jacques. Seems strange she feels it's acceptable to speak on issues of what is or isn't legal when her employer apparently feels they don't have to abide by any rules or laws. Why this operator continues to thumb their nose at the city and continues to put persons seeking recovery at risk is unbelievable. Tends to make you think they aren't in it to help people seek recovery, they're in it for the money and will do anything to keep it rolling in.

11/10/2015 06:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

Perhaps we should encourage all residents to report the sober living homes in their neighborhoods, so the city has a record of them. Ms. B..you can run, but you can't hide.

11/10/2015 10:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

Wasn't Morningside the group that was booted from Newport, and Righeimer's friend, Scott Baugh, lobbied to have it brought to Costa Mesa (with Rig's help, of course). My previous comment about greased palms applies to this thread also.

11/10/2015 10:26:00 AM  
Anonymous College Park Resident said...

I find it interesting that the Costa Mesa Motor Inn was code enforced to death and yet these “sober living” businesses that plague our city and tax our resources operate free from harm.

From the code enforcement report posted by Gary Monahan on Costa Mesa (not so)Public Square Facebook page on Friday November 6:
“Notes: I often stop and speak to people I see out on the street to get a feel for their situation and where they came from and have found that 4 out of 5 have some type of relationship to recovery homes in Costa Mesa. They have either recently resided in one of the facilities or did in the past. Some have been put out due to insurance running out.”

If you have ever gone to a business in Costa Mesa and have walked through a group of people loitering out front, smoking and spitting on the sidewalk, you have come in contact with the “sober living” industry in Costa Mesa.

How many calls for service do these “sober living” businesses have?

How many more people have died under their care?

The “sober living” businesses in Costa Mesa are a huge contributor to crime and homelessness in our city.

Wake up Costa Mesa and do something about it!

11/10/2015 10:31:00 AM  

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