“Severe over-concentration of drug-rehab homes in Newport Beach was spawned by a handful of complicit and negligent public officials,” [Newport anti-rehab-home] activist Bob Rush said. “This lawsuit will bring to light the misdeeds of those public officials and hold them accountable for the long-term damage that they have caused the community.”
And apparently, this is why a group of “Concerned Citizens” is filing a lawsuit against the City of Newport Beach. According to them, the city has been criminally negligent in ignoring city ordinances and allowing the proliferation of all these rehab homes. They say their neighborhoods’ well-being is at stake, and that’s why they’re going forward with the lawsuit.
However, not everyone sees the lawsuit this way. Rather, some legal experts are saying that while a city might be held liable for actively encouraging developments that harm quality of life, it probably can’t be sued successfully for failing to prevent these developments. And besides, Newport Beach revised its ordinances on drug rehab homes in 2004 because they feared state laws forbidding discrimination against people with disabilities (including addiction problems). And anyways, the city has now enacted new ordinances to crack down on the overabundance of rehab homes in town.
So who’s right here? What do you think about this lawsuit against Newport Beach? Are the concerned citizens right to ask for $250 million in compensation for all these eyesores being so close to their homes? Or is this unfair, as the city’s only trying to obey the law?
I want to hear what you have to say about this new fight over rehab homes in Newport Beach. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Go ahead and have your say.