Englander's Group Home Ordinance Scrutinized by Columnist Lopez

Does the crackdown go too far, writer asks.

Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez thinks Councilman Mitch Englander's  to crack down on in residential neighborhoods goes too far:

It goes without saying that nobody in a residential neighborhood wants a neighbor who turns a house into a shady boarding house operation, with residents coming and going at all hours and creating a nuisance for everyone on the block.

But does a crackdown proposed by L.A. City Councilman Mitchell Englander go too far?

It depends on whom you talk to. Supporters say there shouldn't be any group homes in residential neighborhoods, period. Opponents say the proposed Community Care Facilities Ordinance could be disastrous for veterans, those with disabilities and other folks as well.

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Learn more about group homes in this Patch series: 

'It was like they had more rights than the people who lived here and paid property taxes,' neighbor says.

Sober-living homes exist in residential areas all over Los Angeles, causing friction between neighbors and the homes' operators and residents.

A proposed law to regulate unlicensed homes in L.A. has both sides marshaling their forces.

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Jock June 13, 2012 at 08:21 PM
This type of overkill seems to be Mr. Englander's M.O.. I have lived next to 11 people in a 2 room house. They were evicted. There are already statutes and it ended. A few people (in a city of 7-12 million or so) in these tough times over stack up a house (The Times cited story is of Squatters not renters), or immigrants do the same, or a sober living for people truly trying to put their lives together peacefully would be illegal in Mr. Englander's world. This falls into line with his desire to close every Medical Marijuana dispensary because some have been taking advantage. In that case, he sights a crime wave which the North Hollywood Police Department denies. Only the surface of situations seem to be grasped by this fellow. The Grandstand of American Politics awaits you Mitch. !!


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