Thursday, October 27, 2011

Feds Side with Sober Living Homes in a City's Bid to Limit New Facilities

See this article by that title.  It begins:
The U.S. Justice Department has thrown a possible kink in Los Angeles' attempt to regulate group homes in single-family neighborhoods, entering into a lawsuit challenging a similar law enacted by Newport Beach. 
The department's Civil Rights Division earlier this month filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of three sober living home operators who allege that the Orange County city's law discriminates against people with disabilities. Alcoholics and drug addicts are considered disabled in the eyes of federal law. 
With the L.A. City Council expected to vote in coming months on an ordinance similar to Newport Beach's, the federal intervention cheered advocates for sober living in Los Angeles.



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