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City of Costa Mesa Sues Rehab Home Operation and Council Member Katrina Foley Asks for Other Cities to Take Stand Against Abuses

04 Jan About Costa Mesa, Community Matters, Happening Now, In the News | Comments Off on City of Costa Mesa Sues Rehab Home Operation and Council Member Katrina Foley Asks for Other Cities to Take Stand Against Abuses
City of Costa Mesa Sues Rehab Home Operation and Council Member Katrina Foley Asks for Other Cities to Take Stand Against Abuses

On Tuesday, January 2, 2018, the City of Costa Mesa filed legal action in Orange County Superior Court against the owner and operators of three large sober living homes operating in violation of the city’s ordinances.

The City is asking the court for a preliminary and permanent injunction and nuisance abatement against the sober living operators, Morningside Recovery, LLC, True Recovery, Inc., the Discovery House, LLC.

The owner of the homes, Barry Saywitz Properties One, LP, Barry Saywitz Properties Two, LP and Barry Saywitz as an individual are also named in the complaint. The properties at issue are 1798 Pomona Avenue, 2558 Orange Ave. and 2964 Peppertree Lane.

“We are done cowering to abusive rehab operators who snub our rules and permit procedures. We will continue to promote the strictest regulatory schemes allowable, and advocate for state and federal reforms to give us local control of this issue. It’s our duty to protect the public and our neighborhoods,” said Costa Mesa City Council member Katrina Foley who has championed reforms.

The Pomona Avenue property is being used as a group home consisting of 14-16 recovery beds. The Orange Avenue property is a group home consisting of four, two-story condominiums that house people recovering from alcohol and/or drug addiction, and the Peppertree Lane property is four two-story condominiums that also operates as a group home for people recovering from alcohol and/or drug addiction.

“I encourage other cities to join us in our reform efforts to protect patients and the public. It’s no coincidence that there is a correlation the cities in the County with over concentration of rehab homes also have the highest incidences of opioid emergency room visits and deaths.

It’s no longer a model of recovery but a model of rehab intended purely for profits. Someone has to stand up to stop the abuses,” said Foley.

During her term as Mayor in 2016, Foley prioritized advocating for the strictest policies in Orange County, and traveled to Sacramento and Washington DC to lobby for Federal and State reforms.

For more information on sober living issues in Costa Mesa and to learn more about the city’s sober living ordinances go here.

 

Katrina Foley and other officials go to Washington D. C.

City Council Member Katrina Foley and 9 other elected officials, lawyers, and staff members meet with Senate & Congress members to request Federal Action.

 

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