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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 Scott Baugh | January 2, 2008
Group homes for alcohol and drug recovery have recently been the subject of considerable controversy in Newport Beach, particularly on the Balboa Peninsula. Some residents believe I have exercised influence to thwart a resolution to the controversy. Unfortunately, that conclusion is incorrect and a distraction from a viable resolution. I was retained to facilitate discussions among CRC Health Group, Inc., the largest provider of drug and alcohol treatment facilities nationwide, and members of the City Council and staff to try and find a resolution to this issue.
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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.
NEWS
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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By Brianna Bailey | November 17, 2007
An independent investigation has determined Newport Beach Mayor Steve Rosansky has no conflict of interest in regulating rehabilitation homes, but a local activist says the mayor has tried to cover up past business dealings with a rehab home operator. A letter obtained by the Daily Pilot to Rosansky from the city’s independent legal counsel Richards Watson & Gershon seems to vindicate the mayor of any wrongdoing. “Not only do I not have any conflict of interest, but I’ve gone out of my way to be very careful in my dealings,” Rosansky said Friday.
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By Chris Caesar and Michael Miller | November 16, 2007
This corrects an earlier version of the story. The city of Newport Beach is suing two businesses accused of operating unlicensed group homes in Newport Beach, seven months after the city declared a moratorium prohibiting their operation. Pacific Shores Recovery owners Alice and Robert Conner, and Barry Saywitz, who has an interest in a partnership and the partnership owns several properties that have leases with Morningside Recovery,  are named as defendants in the lawsuit.
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