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Letter: Urge City Council to Regulate Boarding Houses

L.A. Coalition for Neighborhoods is circulating a a petition.

Editor,  

L.A. residents, want to find the boarding houses operating in your neighborhood? 

Boarding houses in Los Angeles are not licensed and there is no official record of where they exist or how many there are, but one type of boarding house is easy to find.  The Sober Living Industry has a strong business model for renting houses in low-density zones and then subleasing the rooms to make a profit and they advertise their businesses online. 

To find out where the Sober Living Industry is operating in your neighborhood please visit soberhousing.net.  In many instances you can also see how much they charge for each room.  It's easy to see why this is a rapidly expanding industry.    Then, please sign our petition,  pass it on and write and call your councilmember to let them know you want them to support the city's Proposed Ordinance Regulating Boarding Houses. 

Please also email a copy of your letter to us at LANeighborhoods@gmail.com   Thanks for helping to strengthen our zoning laws in order to protect the City's low density zones.  

Rebecca Lobl
President, L.A. Coalition for Neighborhoods
LACoalition4Neighborhoods.org, 310-710-3220 mobile

Tina Schrader February 26, 2011 at 04:47 AM
Amen, Ike. Couldn't have said it better. I'm really tired of the whole NIMBY thing, too. I think if people are honest - honest - with themselves, they just might - it's a long shot, I know - realize that there is the slightest, most minute chance that that's where their objections are stemming from.
Phil Indeblanc February 26, 2011 at 07:15 AM
That is the problem Ike, that is why it SHOULD be removed completely from a SIINGLE FAMILY living home. How does that have anything to do with the condition of the person? Handicap or not.
Phil Indeblanc February 26, 2011 at 07:16 AM
Ike, it is wonderful what you are willing to do. Why do you have to risk our childrens safety, let alone the communities original designed capacity for living? I lived in an apartment for a number of years. The reason why we work hard, educate ourselves, and want a place to raise children is to LEAVE the CHAOS and rat race that apartment living can be like. The safety the seperation the space...ALL THESE are INFRINGED upon when you have 6 DIFFERENT family individuals living in 1 house.
Phil Indeblanc February 26, 2011 at 07:17 AM
As far as NIMBY, There are so many degrees of this term,...But take a look around you...and I mean past the front porch. Take a look at the world, the environment, it is all about being NIMBY(classic def), as the quality of life is getting choked in clusters and globally. Use some rational when you mix people that need help, and multiply it by 2,3,4! Your going to unbalance things in a SINGLE FAMILY neighborhood. SO the true good you are doing is really at the cost of others.
Phil Indeblanc February 26, 2011 at 07:17 AM
WHY NOT, do this honest good deed care, and PROFITABLE BUSINESS (What do you charge $300-$600 per room times 4,5,6?) elsewhere from a single family residential area? Thats $1500 to over $2K a month on average! Take the business to a proper location. You are exploiting your single family living home. If you live alone and have all this extra space, there are plenty options without involving everyone in the neighborhood. This has nothing to do with a few Sober Homes having problems, this has everything to do with enforcing and safeguarding quality of life

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