Local Legislators Craft Controls on Sober Living Homes

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California Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, who asks for communities to be “compassionate” when accepting sober living facilities, has introduced a bill that could bar them from clustering and creating “a hospital facility” in one neighborhood.

Neighbors living on or near the 900 block of Green Lane were shocked to learn last August that a house on the street was being used as a for-profit drug and alcohol treatment center. They were clued in only after a break-in at the then-unoccupied site was called in to the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Department and then reported in the newspaper.
They also were taken aback by the fact that the city of La Cañada Flintridge had no discretion over what was happening at the six-bedroom, seven-bathroom house beside enforcing zoning code requirements or responding to nuisance complaints if any arose. Continue reading “Local Legislators Craft Controls on Sober Living Homes”

Local Drug Rehab House Unsettles Residents

Neighbors uneasy at the thought of a residential drug treatment program operating near their homes spent the past week swapping information before gathering en masse to share concerns at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
A house in the 900 block of Green Lane is being leased by Ridgeview Ranch, the state-licensed, for-profit treatment center that helps men and women struggling with alcoholism and drug addiction. According to Chief Operating Officer Larry Thornton, it has been used as a residential treatment facility for clergy who are dealing only with substance abuse. Continue reading “Local Drug Rehab House Unsettles Residents”