5/18/21 From up to 62 years in prison to zero; plea deal raises anger and questions
An unconscionably lenient sentence proves California courts just don't care about addicts,
unless there's the slightest potential for discrimination with no addict involved. Appalling.
5/16/21 Plugging deadly holes in California’s addiction treatment system.
Behavioral health experts propose spending more time and money on prevention, while
ignoring California's current problems with fraud and sham addiction treatment.
4/9/21 Encinitas City Council to repeal housing ordinances inconsistent with state laws
Encinitas folds in a showdown with the state over multiple types of zoning, including
both Recovery Residences, and low income housing.
4/5/21 Rep. Mike Levin Introduces Legislation to Analyze Effectiveness of Sober Living Homes
Rep. Levin's bill directs the National Academy of Sciences to study the quantity, quality
and effectiveness of different kinds of recovery housing, attempting to segment
effectiveness by for-profit or nonprofit, occupancy and other factors.
3/25/21 CA Dept. of Housing and Community Development Issues Notice of Violation to Encinitas
California cites comments by Encinitas' City Planner as indicative that Encinitas
discriminatedagainst recovering addicts in its ordinances. Says there was no evidence of
overconcentration. By requiring a house to serve only disabled people, the ordinance
"targets a protected class with the intent of creating constraints and barriers to residential
uses." It claims, without reference to state court cases that have established the distinction
between 6-and-under and 7-or-more, that distinguishing between 6-and-under or 7-or-
more occupants "without regard to the size of the structure, the number of bedrooms, or
occupancy under State law" is discriminatory. The state, once again, clearly fails to
distinguish between requirements of a business-operated house and how requirements do
not apply to a communal living situation.
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