Newport Beach revokes agreement with rehab operator
Newport Beach may end up in court again over a law meant to restrict substance-abuse rehab homes in the city.
The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to revoke an agreement with rehabilitation home operator Morningside Recovery, which has seven sites in Newport Beach, the Daily Pilot reported.
The city claims the company has repeatedly violated terms of the contract that allows it to operate, officials said.
The council's action Tuesday was fueled by Lido Isle residents, who have formed a group called Maintaining Our Residential Neighborhoods, or MORN.
They have complained that Morningside makes deliveries at odd hours, among other issues.
The city's 2008 ordinance was designed to limit proliferation of the homes, especially in residential neighborhoods.
But some rehab operators have sued, saying the ordinance conflicts with the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1988, which prevents discrimination against people who are in a "protected class."
-- Mike Reicher, Times Community News
Photo: A group gathers on the sand on the Balboa Peninsula, where firms market themselves to recovering substance abusers. Credit: Karen Tapia-Andersen / Los Angeles Times