The recovery center Pacific Shores Recovery is suing Newport Beach in U.S. District Court over the city’s policies on drug and alcohol rehabilitation homes, adding to the city’s mounting pile of legal woes.
The lawsuit, filed April 28, claims a city ban on new drug rehabilitation homes, which began in April 2007 and was lifted in January, is discriminatory. The moratorium ended when the city passed a new ordinance requiring most of the homes to undergo a public hearing process to obtain permits.
“Pacific Shores wasn’t doing anything that would be a violation of the moratorium. Even if they did, the moratorium in and of itself is illegal,” said Steven Polin, a Washington D.C.-based attorney for Pacific Shores Recovery, which houses recovering addicts and alcoholics at two Newport addresses. “Pacific Shores did nothing to incur the wrath of the city.”