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By Daniel Tedford | July 23, 2008
Concerned Citizens of Newport Beach, an organization that has avidly opposed the over-concentration of group rehab homes in the city, shifted its purpose and strategy this week by dismissing or settling nearly all its lawsuits with group home operators and instead beginning a charge to replace all the incumbent City Council members running for reelection this November. “We are going to move to action and devote our resources so we are more focused on community education so we can get the right leadership in control of our local government,” Concerned Citizens leader Denys Oberman said.
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By Mike Henn | July 21, 2008
I am one of the Newport Beach City Council members most involved in resolving the group homes litigation issues and feel compelled to correct some misimpressions that may have been left by a July 15 letter (“Settlement proves Newport not listening”) relating to group homes issues, Sober Living by the Sea and the Concerned Citizens of Newport Beach (CCNB). The writer stated CCNB sued to “get the city’s attention” relating to group home over-concentration and it was not “about the money.
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By Daniel Tedford | July 16, 2008
In the first week in which individuals picked up nomination papers to run for Newport Beach City Council, incumbent Keith Curry learned he will be facing a familiar foe. Dolores Otting, a businesswoman from Newport Beach, picked up her papers earlier this week and plans to run for the District 7 seat, Curry’s, which will be her fourth attempt at the City Council. “People are not too happy with the current City Council, and people want a change,” Otting said.
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By Alan Blank | July 14, 2008
Costa Mesa moved one step closer to drafting a new ordinance that would require large homes to have more garage parking, an initiative that has implications beyond just congestion control. While discussing the issue at Monday’s Planning Commission meeting, the commissioners spent more time talking about putting up barriers to guard against the establishment of unwanted alcohol and drug rehab homes than they did about a lack of street parking. They unanimously approved a motion to select one of the four proposals brought forward by city staff to address the commission’s concerns and asked staff to look into it further, pointing out possible obstacles that might come up if the city were to make it an ordinance.
NEWS
January 10, 2008
What did you think of Orange County GOP Chairman Scott Baugh’s decision to cut his ties with Newport Beach drug and alcohol rehabilitation home operators?    I appreciate his decision. Our local government is non-partisan, and we don’t need party politics to guide us. Don Webb District 3 Councilman    Lesson: If you’re a Republican politico in a Republican community, don’t aggravate a significant portion of the residents.
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By Brianna Bailey | December 11, 2007
Balboa Peninsula residents and rehabilitation home operators said they are unhappy with a proposed ordinance to curb the spread of rehab facilities in Newport Beach. Anti-rehab home activists said they will file a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the city if Newport Beach doesn’t do more to clamp down on houses where they say recovering addicts cause problems with noise, trash and traffic on the peninsula. And the city’s largest rehab home operator said it will fight new rules it said are “discriminatory.
NEWS
December 7, 2007
A proposed ordinance aimed at curbing the spread of drug and alcohol rehabilitation homes in Newport Beach would clamp down on where new homes could open and require existing facilities to get permits from the city. The proposed new rules would wipe out changes the City Council made to rehab homes rules in 2004 that rehab home activists say caused a proliferation of homes in the city. The 2004 rules made it possible for some rehabilitation homes to open in Newport Beach without a use permit, because the city categorized recovering addicts as disabled.
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By Brianna Bailey | December 7, 2007
The head of the Republican Party of Orange County works as a consultant for two of the largest rehabilitation home operators in Newport Beach, including a home the city is suing for violating a city moratorium, officials confirmed Friday. Scott Baugh, chairman of the county’s Republican Party, often communicates with Newport Beach officials on matters relating to Morningside Recovery, Newport Beach Assistant City Manager Dave Kiff said Friday. Morningside is one of two companies in Newport Beach the city is suing for violating a moratorium to keep new rehab homes from opening.
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November 18, 2007
It’s peculiar, even paradoxical: Newport Beach, with its idyllic coastline, thriving business community and stellar schools, as close to paradise as a city gets, is also a magnet for sober living homes that some say make for a nightmare on the peninsula. The very qualities that draw the rich and the famous also draw those who have plunged to the depths due to their addictions. Because, after all, what better place to make peace with one’s inner demons? So goes the thinking of those who run such homes.
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