Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Brough/Harper Co-author Rehab Home Bill

As mentioned by Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer at a recent Costa Mesa City Council meeting, Assemblymen William Brough of the 73rd District and Matthew Harper of the 74th District have co-authored a bill, AB 838, which will modify Section 1505 of the State Health And Safety Code relating to recovery houses.  You can read the bill and the Legislative Counsel's Digest HERE.

I spent some time on Tuesday chatting with members of the staff of both assemblymen at their local field offices and in Sacramento, trying to get a clear picture of what this bill is supposed to accomplish.  I think the aforementioned Legislative Counsel's Digest provides you with a good, concise description.

Basically, it changes the California Community Care Facilities Act by adding a new section to the law to more tightly define certain group homes and, as a result, allow local jurisdictions to enforce the new laws - a misdemeanor.

If passed, this would provide one more hammer in the tool box of cities like Costa Mesa - which, according to reports, has more than 25% of rehab homes in Orange County - with which to control the proliferation of such facilities.

It is our understanding, based on what Righeimer said at that council meeting, that he will be traveling to Sacramento early next month to talk with folks about this bill.  Right now the bill is in the Human Services sub-committee, but has not been scheduled to be heard yet.  We presume Righeimer will be attempting to influence other Assembly members to move forward with this bill.

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Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

Its nice to think that there may be assistance, however I do not trust Righeimer. After all, its his friend and office mate that is/was a lobbyist for group homes in the first place.

3/25/2015 08:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Westside4ever said...

It's probably coincidence AB 838 is in the works, CM's new ordinance is about to become enforceable and the State has 20+ new license applications from previously unlicensed/unregulated sober living homes? If the State approves these possible licenses it will only allow the sober living homes to continue doing business as usual since there's less than 10 inspectors for the entire state. And CM has one code enforcement officer for sober living homes vs 200+ homes. Is there any up side to the new rules and regulations when there's little to zero chance of them actually being enforced?

3/25/2015 08:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Arthur Nern said...

And wasn't his friend/office mate the same person who got a fat food contract from the 60th?

Did Costa Mesa get a good deal from Riggy's friend/office mate?

Imagine the uproar if Berardino had gotten such a contract.

3/25/2015 10:50:00 AM  
Anonymous It has to be said...

...the lunatic is in charge of the asylum.

3/25/2015 10:58:00 AM  

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