Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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Anonymous Pat C said...

There is no plan to deal with the rehab/drug houses. There is no plan to deal with the motels. This mayor can meet with as many people as he likes. It's not going to change the bottom line. This Council majority is a failure.

7/31/2013 07:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Plan A said...

Pat C wrote:
"There is no plan to deal with the motels."

Sure there is. Once the motels are bought up with city money, Developers can make a killing by building on that prime land.

7/31/2013 09:56:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

And, the mayor will facilitate that "killing" by selling the land to the developers at a loss - his words from the dais a few months ago.

7/31/2013 10:52:00 AM  

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