Proposed Los Angeles Rezoning Ordinance Has Many Sober Living Facilities Upset on Behalf of Disenfranchised

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Cliffside Malibu, a drug treatment center, speaks out against the proposed changes affecting individuals living in duplexes, rehab centers and single-family residences in Los Angeles.

While it doesn't affect our Malibu center because it's a city issue, the rezoning ordinance in Los Angeles potentially puts 90% of sober living homes, drug and alcohol treatment facilities and elderly homes out of business

As of the September 2010 Planning Department staff report, the city of Los Angeles is proposing zoning provisions that some businesses and individuals see as negatively impacting already disenfranchised peoples like college students and the elderly. The rezoning ordinance would ban all rent sharing agreements within duplexes or single-family residences and prevent individuals from living in housing of their choice.

Speaking of the potential changes, Cliffside Malibu, a drug rehab center points out how the rezoning ordinance would directly thwart people seeking a safe and natural setting to overcome their addictions.

“While it doesn’t affect our Malibu center because it’s a city issue, the rezoning ordinance in Los Angeles potentially puts 90% of sober living homes, drug and alcohol treatment facilities and elderly homes out of business,” said Richard Taite, president and CEO of Cliffside Malibu. “Because individuals who struggle with substance abuse are considered to have a disability by law, the zoning changes would mean that they could no longer choose to stay in a treatment facility located in specific neighborhood situations, which are proven to be more effective in overcoming drug abuse.”

This change would affect any duplex or single-family residence that uses more than one rental agreement, whether it is written or oral. This change affects college students, the elderly, some non-traditional families and businesses alike, and for the drug and alcohol rehab center, it comes at precisely the wrong time.

“Are these struggling groups and individuals really the types of people we want to hurt at this time with the economy the way it is?” asks Taite. “The proposed ordinance is unconscionable, it’s outrageous and it’s going to cost the city a fortune in litigation, not to mention, it’s just the wrong thing to do.”

If you are affected by this change, you are invited to become involved by attending the Planning Commission hearing for the ordinance. The hearing will be held on Thursday, October 14 at 8:30 a.m. at 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles City Hall, room 1010 on the 10th floor.

About Cliffside Malibu
Cliffside Malibu is a premier residential treatment center where cutting edge, evidence-based psychotherapy and analysis meet world-class drug and alcohol addiction treatment, medically supervised detoxification and holistic medicine. Cliffside Malibu offers intensive, individualized, integrated treatment protocols to individuals suffering from addiction, giving them the best chances at long-term sobriety and recovery. Boasting privacy, individual attention, a tranquil setting, luxurious amenities and continuing after-care plans, Cliffside Malibu’s results speak for themselves.


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