Thursday, April 28, 2016

Dedicato Treatment Center: Mayor Pro Tem Arizmendi & Planning Commissioner Goldstein Have A New Neighbor

A different kind of money pit.
I don't know how this happens. Something controversial moves into a Sierra Madre neighborhood and there is complete silence from City Hall. Not a peep is emitted from the cake and cookies capital of this community. Rather the duty of announcing such a thing falls upon The Tattler instead. Which is fine, I don't have any problems with that. You would just think that these fine municipal employees (who unlike me are actually paid to do the job) would prefer to lead with such stories rather than having to react all of the time. Their suspected lack of transparency often looks more like complicity than ignorance, with the former always appearing worse than the latter.

Anyway, a new tenant has moved into the home located at 22 W. Carter. Called the Dedicato Treatment Center, it is a drug abuse rehabilitation outfit for extremely well-heeled addicts and recovering junkies. Dedicato TC rents this wickiup from its owners for $5,000 a month, with its clients rumored to be paying upwards of $30,000 a month to abide at this idyllic Sierra Madre locale and take the cure.

By all appearances a seriously profitable business, and a platinum detox for sure. You couldn't purge in finer surroundings. But is West Carter really an appropriate setting for this kind of an enterprise? Is John Keyes and his DTs really the sort of thing you'd pay a million or two dollars to have as your neighbor? Would you ever feel comfortable asking them to lend you the Grey Poupon?

The Dedicato Treatment Center has a website, of course. They've done this to let potential clients know what it is they have to offer. That is pretty much how the folks who filled me in about this found out about the place. Here is a link, and this is what they have to say for themselves.


An estimable substance abuse treatment facility I am sure, but at those prices I don't suspect they will be passing out their business cards at The Buccaneer. But fear not, you can get a free insurance verification.

The founder is some dude who calls himself Dr. Keith. Doctors who call themselves by their first names have always been worrisome for me, but then again I came of age sometime in the 1970s, a decade often celebrated for its firm dedication to substance abuse. Maybe things have changed.

Here's a short video where Dr. Keith promotes the benefits of fighting your next battles with drug addiction on West Carter.

To view this video click here.


The Chicago School degree hanging on Dr. Keith's wall should not be confused with the University of Chicago where Professor Peter Dreier learned his trade. Rather it is a kind of University of Phoenix for those interested in the exciting field of psychology. Which is a little like psychiatry, but you don't get to prescribe the kinds of drugs that could cause you to require the services of the Dedicato Treatment Center.

If you are interested you can read all about The Chicago School by clicking here. Operators are standing by to take your calls. Please have your credit card ready.

As is often the case, someone commenting on this site yesterday had some invaluable insight into what could be going down at the DTC. Here is that reader comment.

22 W Carter Ave, new McMansion. Kind of a junky pile, website says they're just starting up. These "group homes" are allowed into communities "by right" via LA County regulations (no CUP or Variance required for 6 occupants or less). The deal is good cash flow to the actual owner of the residential property, it's a business model. Take the right insurance plans, and you're in business, good as gold. Owner/investor makes out like a bandit, too. This relieves the County from having to provide facilities or services, it's all the Public/Private Partnership (PPP). Altadena (LA Co census place, not a city) got overrun with these things and that community went up in arms over it. Now they're proliferating in many communities, San Marino has several of them.

Another commenter added this:

Looking at the photos of the residential treatment center at 22 W. Carter, they show beds that would house several more than 6 people, SO a conditional use permit will be required. And a city business license?

So did the Dedicato Treatment Center apply for a business license at City Hall? Or have they had any meaningful contact at all with Sierra Madre's hard working public servants?

If so, shouldn't the city have at the very least let the people living on West Carter know what is coming to their neighborhood?    

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143 comments:

  1. Even if the State allows these things to be crammed into a neighborhood, they should have to get a business license. Perhaps the City Council should raise that fee to $1,000+.

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    1. This all comes courtesy of our liberal lawmakers in Sacramento who wanted to be "compassionate" and allow this drug addicts to feel comfortable regardless of the carnage to everyone else. Same situation with transgender bathrooms. The many must be made uncomfortable so the one can be comfortable.

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    2. These are businesses. They don't belong in R-1 Zones. They should be put in commercial zones. People who buy a home in a residential zone have a reasonable belief that they may have a family with kids move next door and not a business with a bunch of drug addicts.

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    3. What would be a good idea is that every lawmaker in Sacramento should have a rehab clinic next to his or her house.

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    4. Good point 8:05. We would have a lot less destructive laws if the people who passed the laws were made to experience the consequences of the laws they pass firsthand.

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    5. Look at the agenda for the last Planning Commission meeting. They are literally discussing Group Homes right now and putting rules in place that affect every homeowner in Sierra Madre. Don't just sound off on the Tattler. People need to attend the Planning Commission meetings and protect their rights. They will be dealing with this very issue during their next few meetings.

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    6. Judging by the amount of comments today it looks like the tattler has woken a lot of folks up.

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    7. Remember how MaryAnn MacGillivray and Bart Doyle, as Mayor, tried to keep this very thing from happening in Sierra Madre? Then the forces against MaryAnn tried to call her homophobic because of it, when she ran again for City Council.

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  2. I find it most ironic that this facility is located right in between the houses of a Sierra Madre city councilman and a member of the Planning Commission.

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    1. I feel for them. Who would want one of those as a neighbor?

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    2. They just lost a few hundred thousand dollars in the value of their homes. Its very difficult to sell a home that is right next door to a drug rehad business.

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    3. That's right 7:35. They can't hid such a material issue from potential buyers and what buyer would want to live next door to what is not only a business but worse than that, filled with drug addicts who probably committed a lot of crimes to feed their habit.

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    4. if it were by me I'd get a medical marijuana card, burn like incense and on a windy day let the smoke waft to them - eventually these type of centers would operate in a more appropriate location

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  3. We thought that drug dealers lived there. I guess this is a step up from that.

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    1. I think that's true, and I'm trying very hard to get into the frame of mind where I can se how it would be good for everyone involved to have a drug rehab in the middle of a quiet R1 zone. It sure would be easier to do if there was a real medical doctor with a real degree on the premises.
      Oh, and a vigilant police force.

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  4. Maybe this explains the burglaries in the area.

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  5. Just what you need in a neighborhood. Google the big fight they had on a street called Desales in San Gabriel. Its an upscale neighborhood in north San Gabriel right below San Marino. Neighbors fought very hard to stop that in their neighborhood. Not sure what ended up happening there. It looks like the kids will have to play indoors now.

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    1. Now that this business has a foothold in Sierra Madre, you can bet they will now want to expand their operation. Every one is now vulnerable. Thank our democratic friends in Sacramento for this one. You can bet that nearby homeowners will now see a huge decrease in the value of their homes. And they have to let buyers know about it. No matter how much I liked a home, I would never move my family next to a group home. There's no supervision in these things and nothing buy problems for the neighbors. Horrible situation.

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    2. I am sure there is a large amount of homeowners in Sierra Madre who would be quite happy to receive $5,000 a month in rent for their place.

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    3. As with everything else, its all about the money. The 22 W. Carter owners are bad people.

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    4. Who are the 22 W Carter owners/ They deserve to have their names in The Tattler.

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    5. That's about the worst thing that could happen to a neighborhood - having a group home move in. I remember one near my old house. Their was always a lot of crap on the lawn in front and they would often sit in the front smoking and talking and then you had the visitors and the cars and the noise. It was awful.

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    6. people buy properties just for this type of rental or it's common now to buy houses and turn into Airbnb operations

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    7. The planning commission is familiar w this house. Years ago it was a small white cottage and all of a sudden new owners had it, addeda 2nd story and expanded the square feet. No Permits..

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    8. it's no harm no foul with the city as long as it's a developer or favored business

      remember how the Cong Church had a large non permitted project right under the unsuspecting nose of the city that nobody noticed and when it was all done it was then noticed and then approved

      on the planning commission at that time was a elder of the church and he didn't say a peep and apparently nobody noticed all the hammering and construction



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    9. 610 De Sales St. has a typical report from DCFS. It's a minimal checklist, no real enforcement of any kind.

      "The Group Home has three 6-bed sites and is licensed to serve a capacity of 18 boys, ages 12 through 17. At the time of review, the Group Home served five placed DCFS children, four Probation youth, and one Los Angeles County Post Adoption youth. The placed children's overall
      average length of placement was 4 months, and their average age was 15."

      http://file.lacounty.gov/probation/cms1_211937.pdf

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  6. These are commercial uses - they are businesses that don't belong in residential neighborhoods where the kids are. People say what about these poor drug addicts. I say what about the kids in the neighborhood. That should be the priority. Its kind of consistent with the the transgender bathroom controversy. Let's make all the girls and women uncomfortable in the restroom so that a very very small number of people don't feel discriminated against. We have our priorities screwed up.

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    1. I hear it's nice in North Carolina,and you can exercise your privilege there without interference

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    2. I agree with you that we have our priorities screwed up. There are hardly any kids visible in the neighborhoods. They appear to be treated as if they were prisoners.

      With regards to the comfort in the bathrooms, I have a tip for you: Lock the door after you entered your bathroom stall and you can just be as comfortable as you want to be.

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    3. I don't shop at Target. Problem solved!

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  7. Keep in mind that if that home is located right between Arizmendi and Goldstein, they have an obligation to disclose the presence of that group home to any potential buyer should they ever want to sell their home. I'd venture to say that every home immediately surrounding the group home just had their value drop by $200,000. I mean seriously, would your family want to buy right next to a group home filled with drug addicts? I really feel bad for the neighbors. But keep in mind that everyone is vulnerable to such a thing happening next to them.

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    1. Their homes may even have become unsaleable. No one would want to live right next door to such a facility.

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    2. commonly a sleazy business - don't give a rip about the neighbors - it's about making money and pretending to be self righteous about it

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    3. Yes! 6:23 is correct. Watch out - our neighborhoods are changing. AirBNb, off-shore flippers, vacancies, mega-rentals and now group homes.

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    4. Are you sure it isn't the Carter One people getting revenge?

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  8. I'd like to know who is the owner of that home. They should be called out for sticking it to their neighbors like that.

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    1. The article is not complete without knowing who owns the house. I mean who would do that do their neighbors as a parting shot. Must be some pretty bad people who don't care about what's left behind for their neighbors to deal with. I blame the owner more than the rehab facility.

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    2. Can you say "$$$$$$$$$"?

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    3. It is always about the money.

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    4. The owner still owns it. This medical/business/snake oil show is renting.

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    5. owner is a (insert expletive)

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  9. Everything about this place looks shoddy. Very poor website. Questionable staffing. Not to mention, who in their right mind would pay that much money to stay in those bedrooms? If they have a chef-do they have a health permit? A "Doctor" who doubles as a fitness guru? The state and Feds have mandated that cities comply with this kind of thing. Flying under the radar with only 6 inhabitants allows them a lot of freedom. How exciting that they don't charge to verify your insurance. I thought in. Order to take insurance you had to have some kind of eligibility. So many questions that will never be answered by anyone.

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    1. There is no difference between these "doctors" who run this rehab facility and ambulance chasing attorneys.

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    2. You can bet that the shoddy website will be consistent with how the facility is run. Their will be very little supervision, they will not maintain the property etc... Its a disaster for the neighborhood.

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    3. it's a shady business and add this type of management - reeks of scam

      common also with foster homes - it's a money making business first with plenty of taxpayer funded incentives


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  10. According to Dedicato's Facebook page they have been open a year.
    https://www.facebook.com/dedicatotreatmentcenter/info?tab=page_info

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    1. It says "founded in 2015." No proof if 22 W Carter is where it was founded. They could just be moving here now.

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    2. They probably intend to open more facilities in Sierra Madre. Isn't that great. this guy runs multiple businesses in our residential neighborhoods.

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    3. Not sure about this, because I haven't met anyone involved, but this looks like a scam.
      Wonder how long it will last.

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  11. Not even the cool breezes of Malibu, but hot, Santa Ana winds and well, boring neighborhood of town's folk walking their dogs. Pretty expensive so it is not a clientele to otherwise be living under a freeway overpass. The University the director got his 'degree' from is an online diploma mill to be sure. And oh, the irony, this is the home where neighbors could smell the cooking of onions that were to cover over the stink of meth lab some years ago. Their Facebook page states they have been in operation since April 2015.

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  12. Comment slid in above about Transgender bathroom: every campground in the forest is genderless and you have been using Transgender bathrooms on flights since the beginning of commercial air travel unless you have one giant bladder.

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    1. Sorry 6:57, that is about the stupidest comment I have ever scene The whole debate about transgender restrooms is when you have multiple stalls i.e. more than one person in the bathroom. I don't want my 16 year old daughter sitting next to a grown man who thinks he is a woman or worse, passes himself as a woman to enter the bathroom with other girls. Nobody care if both genders take turns using the same bathroom and its occupied by one person at all times. That's not what the debate is even about unless you can tell me an airline where more than one person uses the restroom at the same time.

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    2. Would you be more comfortable if your daughter is sitting next to a woman 'who thinks she is a man'?

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  13. Count the beds again, watch the clever camera angle for the rooms so that you have to work pretty hard to find at least seven different bedspread/pillow pyramids, ie. over their max to run this business without a CUP. Common City, do your job and call them on it, plus, someone hike down to City Hall and see the business license permit. Their Facebook claim of starting up in April 2015 might be fraud on their part to make would-be clients think they are "established" in this quaint town.

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    1. Do they have one bed for a live-in babysitter, and the rest for the detoxing rehabing guests?

      What kind of medical degrees do the staff have?

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    2. I don't think it's really much a "medical degree" kind of place. More like a peer group led by someone with lots of experience and some online class exposure.

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    3. if this were skateboarders our PD would be making them uncomfortable

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    4. Skateboardings not a crime !
      It is when you use my property to grind your board across my concrete wall and have total disregard for others that use the same sidewalk .

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  14. Can hardly wait until the bear that sometimes brings fish from one neighbor's backyard into another neighbor's hops into the yummy looking pool for a cool off at the rehab center.

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    1. The "secure gating" might not be all that secure.

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    2. What is wrong with you people

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  15. Newport Beach has fought the battle and spent $4 million.

    http://m.ocregister.com/articles/city-671919-group-court.html

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  16. I am sure the Sierra Madre Police Department is keeping an eye on this place. At least during the day.

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    1. You have that kind of faith in the PD? I think the Sheriff will do better at night. The PD is useless.

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    2. That's right, 6 AM to 6 PM 7 days a week. When it's dark, we bring in the professionals from LA Sheriff's Dept.

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    3. You still have confidence in the Sierra Madre Police Department. Heck, 1/2 the force has left. They don't care.

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  17. San Clemente has many of these centers. I was in one a couple times a few years back. Hasn't seemed to hurt property values there or the standard of living there. These are not addicts off the street but affluent persons that seek treatment. It's kind of foolish to demonize them.

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    1. There is always one. The issue here isn't demonizing anyone. It is whether the city has an obligation to share this kind of information with the public, and what people who have invested their life savings in their homes want for their community. Quit demonizing homeowners. Their concerns are legitimate.

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    2. San Clemente residents want to rein in drug rehab homes
      http://www.ocregister.com/articles/homes-664422-people-houses.html

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    3. Fight between rehab facilities and cities felt across Orange County
      http://www.ocregister.com/articles/city-687637-living-sober.html

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    4. 7:17, I am very glad to hear that it was successful treatment for you, and that it is now firmly in your past.
      Unfortunately, I've known people for whom that hasn't been the case, and the destructive behaviors engaged in by some people who are addicts, including breaking and entering, setting up homes to be robbed, identity theft, have spilled out of the treatment centers and into the surrounding area.

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    5. Yes there are self righteous better than thou folks everywhere those who care tend to rise above.

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    6. And enlightened individuals such as yourself never engage in destructive behaviours. I never said I was cured,I am not normal thank God

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    7. C'mon 7:50, what's a little sacrifice in security compared to helping someone kick Valium?

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    8. Wow, looks like Dedicato has already found the Tatt.

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    9. 7:57, which of those destructive behaviors listed do you think are commonly done?

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    10. You think that just because they may be affluent that they toe the line? I'm not trying to demonize them, but let them go to scenic Malibu. Let them be above board and reach out to the neighborhood. Let the city and the CC advise people what's going on. Let it be run by truly credentialed people. You may have been rehabbed but the majority go back many times and still don't come out okay. I know because I once had a beautiful child, who got caught up in the misery of drugs, was rehabbed at least 3 times and ended up dead because of it.

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    11. 8:53 You should have,and could have done more. I'm sorry for your loss. Once again I never said I was cured,addiction is not only a physical illness,but mental illness as well. I'm surprised you don't know this with your loss of a child.I hope you are not saying your child died as a result of trying to get fixed.

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    12. While I have some sympathy for drug addicts, they made some bad choices. There are many places they can be housed to get the treatment they need, but they should not be zoned in residential neighborhoods. It is a business. They are making a profit. They have multiple customers. Everyone in favor of it should go into a database and the houses next door to them should be allowed to become a group home.

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    13. 9:11's comment is a great example of addict-think.
      The mental illness that shows so clearly in addicts and alcoholics is narcissism. It means that everyone else is supposed to defer to the addict's needs, and everyone else is responsible for the addict's behavior, before, during, after a using or drinking career.
      It's a crock.
      But it looks like it's here, courtesy of the state. Sure hope the police will participate in the neighborhood watch.

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    14. 8:53AM You really think I should have and could have done more? Really? You seem to think you know what I did or didn't do? I am well aware that addiction is both a physical as well as mental disease. I am also aware of how conniving, how manipulative, and amoral drug addicts can be. I am well aware of the denial, the lies, the cons, the theft. If you're still using, I feel empathy for you and anyone around you. I am well aware that the pain addicts cause is not personal. Screw guilt and all of that. Don't tell me what I should have or could have done and in the same breath tell me you're sorry for my loss. You have never walked in my shoes and dealt with all that I dealt with. I cry for the young boy who hadn't gotten into drugs. He deserved a better life than he chose. I guess you did, too.

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    15. Beautifully said, 12:42. Thanks.

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  18. 6:57- weak argument about the bathroom. I hope you are kidding. So you think it is a good idea to have a young child see a transgender person exposed to the person at the urinal?

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    2. Like he said, airlines have common bathrooms, they don't have multi stalls. Neither does Starbucks and many service businesses. But stadiums and the like have multiple spaces. A breeding ground for deviants.

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    3. Wait for the half way houses to creep in ... Half way out of jail ,rehab,or whatever other issue requires half way to normal ... How about a half way home for sex offenders ?

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  19. Does this mean that any house for rent in Sierra Madre can be turned into a drug detox/rehab business?

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    1. Absolutely. As long as they have 6 or less people, they can be a group facility. If you think this is important, attend the next Planning Commission meeting. They are literally dealing with this issue right now and putting rules in place for those that would be more than 6 people. Imagine having a facility next to you that has 20 people living in the house.

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    2. Yeah where was everyone last Thursday when this was on the agenda? You need to pay attention the the Planning Commission agendas. You can't rely on someone else to do your homework.

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    3. Shaming isn't all that productive, 10:17. Let's just try again to get people interested.
      May 5, 7:00 show up at the Planning Commission meeting. They are well-run and don't go on forever.

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  20. The house has been bad juju for a long time….the realtor who bought it did so many illegal remodel things that it was red tagged, I think more than once. Then he moved in and gave so many loud, late parties that the people around him routinely called the police. It got to the point that he was under threat of a large fine if the police had to come out one more time. So he’s rented it to this group, maybe as revenge?

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    1. I think his name is Amin Marv. He if from Iran. His wife works as an executive for one of the studios. Not nice people.

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    2. Amin Marv has some colorful reviews:
      http://www.incredibleagents.com/real-estate-agents/CA/South-Pasadena/Prudential-California/p1496369/Amin-Marv.html

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    3. I think someone named Amy Heller or Amy Ower owns the place. I also saw a bail bond business and an international llc listed at that address. Fishy.

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    4. Looks like the review at the top may have been posted to try to save his reputation. LOL

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  21. "24 hour gated secure property." Nice to see they don't bring the gate in at night.

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    1. Unlike the SMPD officers that have LA Sheriffs do the night time shifts

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    2. it's owned by a realtor?

      should popularize his or her name as the NOT TO GO TO realtor

      what a tool

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  22. Is this actually an approved use in an R-1 zone?

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    1. Sounds like addicts are somehow exempt from the regulations that affect the rest of us - what a surprise.

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  23. I'm good with the drug addiction home. If they are paying 10% in UUT taxes it reduces the tax burden for everyone else.cheers

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    1. Explain that math to me, 8:31.

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    2. It is city hall math. As long as they are getting paid, nothing else matters.

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  24. Los Angeles County has many of these rehab centers and group homes fed by the LA Co Sheriff and Family Services departments that have an incentive to create lots of "clients" for the revenue. Grand Jury even looked at this because the Antonovich is steering lots of kids into facilities instead of spending much less money to keep the families intact.

    http://www.ipt-forensics.com/journal/volume10/j10_10_2.htm

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  25. Because California law only protects facilities serving six or fewer residents, many cities and counties restrict the location of facilities housing seven or more clients. They may do this by requiring use permits, adopting special parking and other standards for these homes, or prohibiting these large facilities outright in certain zoning districts. While this practice may raise fair housing issues, no published California decision prohibits the practice, and analyses of recent State legislation appear to assume that localities can restrict facilities with seven or more clients. Some cases in other federal circuits have found that requiring a conditional use permit for large group homes violates the federal Fair Housing Act.16 However, the federal Ninth Circuit, whose decisions are binding in California, found that requiring a conditional use permit for abuilding atypical in size and bulk for a single-family residence does not violate the Fair Housing Act.

    https://www.cacities.org/Resources-Documents/Policy-Advocacy-Section/Hot-Issues/Group-Homes/California-Land-Use-Laws-Related-to-Recovery-Facil

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  26. OK. Let's bring the elephant out into the open. What is the city's financial stake in this? It has to be about the money.

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    1. The city should charge a bed tax (per day) like hotels for these facilities. 10% sounds good.

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    2. The city doesn't have a financial stake in this. Actually the city stands to lose property tax money if the adjacent properties are sold for less because of this facility.

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    3. 9:22 I think the economic incentives are at the state level.
      The city will lose money because the property values around that place will go down.

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  27. And so ends the post-Measure UUT lull. I've hardly had time to finish my cake.

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    1. is there a hack saw in your cake so the drug residents can escape out of the non existent 24 hour gate?

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    2. The patients will hop the fence whenever they want and mingle with the residents downtown.

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    3. I don't know what the reference to the secure gating means - there's no way to lock that place up.

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  28. We need cash to fund the rebuild of SMPD at competitive salaries. Let's turn Mater Dolorosa into a giant subdivision with a rehab facility on each block. That will bring in significant development fees, business fees, property taxes, and residents/customers for sales tax.

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    1. He's heeeeeeerrrrrrre

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    2. and repeal Measure V so the "in all knowing smarter than us" still meddling in SMPD politics crowd so developers can build a cavern of condos downtown, multi store parking lots and mixed used development like they said we needed, still need and sits vacant all throughout the SGV.

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  29. Let's say a homeowner decides to lease their house to an operator for $6K per month. That doesn't affect the property taxes because there's no sale. The operator pays rent, plus operating costs, medical, maintenance, LA Co "supervision" (a quarterly report on paper, an annual visual walk-thru)and the state licensing, etc. These costs are split among 6 "clients" for very large monthly fees, so it's quite profitable, particularly since the level of service is minimal, as are the qualifications. You can SMELL these places walking by...

    It's just a business model that the state and county are ramrodding into R-1 areas "by right" so that the state doesn't have to provide these facilities. Expect more of them as the prisons and jails get cleaned out and the whole rehab thing goes into a service model, dumped into R-1 areas because that's far cheaper than paying the costs of building a large facility, licensed by the state to operate as a health provider. These homes aren't in compliance with state facility requirements because the legislators were convinced that the scale of these operations would not impact the residential neighborhoods. Also, it lets the state just litter single family neighborhoods with "residential use" and dump the problem and forget about it, even though it triggers higher service requirements for police, fire, etc.

    So it's just something that these operators got through the legislature for their own profit, and our esteemed legislature figured it was a cheap way out of the problem, triggered by the "war on drugs".

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    1. The facility has to be licensed by the state to qualify for the "by right" exemption in R-1. If it's not (and I don't see anything on Dedicato's website that says they are), then it's not an allowed use and the city has the right to kick them out.

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    2. It's just an operator's license from the Department of Social Services. You can search the licenses here by address. Dedicato doesn't come up, but sometimes it takes awhile to get into the database. The City has to call DSS directly and see if there's an application pending.

      https://secure.dss.ca.gov/CareFacilitySearch/home/selecttype/

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    3. This is a consequence about the "mental health" handling of drug law arrests, too, I bet.

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  30. Just by way of comparison, and for everybody's info, actual health provider facilities are constructed on commercial and multi-family parcels and have to be constructed under the auspices of OSHPD, operate at a much higher licensing level and provide qualified physician care. This includes hospitals and skilled nursing, retirement facilities. Far more expensive supportive health care is provided this way, and construction costs are more than triple the cost of residential construction and that doesn't even include the equipment and machinery, full-service commercial kitchens, etc.

    OSHPD is one of the largest building departments in the State of California.
    http://www.oshpd.ca.gov/fdd/

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  31. The slogan should be "Dedicated to Caring about our Wallets."

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    1. Barney the Purple DinosaurApril 28, 2016 at 2:08 PM

      I love you,
      You love me...

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  32. There are way more assisted living, group homes etc... in our city than any of us know about. Go down to the other end of Carter and there's 'Carter Place'

    https://www.facebook.com/thecarterplace/info?tab=overview

    We can either accept the idea that our neighborhoods contain fewer traditional families or do something about it. It's not just treatment centers, group homes and assisted living facilities in R-1 zones. We also have a bunch of newly acquired properties that have been snapped up by offshore buyers. These owners either rent them out to to the max (multiple families in every corner of the property) or just let them sit. Go for a walk and look around. There's a lot of properties that look to be in limbo and the thing they have in common is that they've recently sold. Tall weeds, piled up junk mail and water and gas turned off. And what about short term rentals like Airbnb? The city is hopeless at tracking these down because of what has to be proven in order to act.

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  33. So there is no procedure by which the city notifies neighbors that they are going to be living next to a group home?

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    1. Nope. State law doesn't allow it. Blame Moonbeam.

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  34. These laws have been around long before moonbeam.

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  35. If you have to go back to Governor Regan for the beginning of this institution-less appproach to mental health: and we got homeless mentally ill under the freeway overpasses and in the riverbeds. There was the garndious notion that each civic community would have centers for mental health care and substance abuse rehabilitation. BUT the hospitals were closed and the communty centers were not in place. How many years ago was that? I lost track.

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  36. Heres something odd. I googled the CEO of Dedicato, Charles A. Walker, and nothing comes up; not even the Dedicato page I got his name from.

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    1. Try Chuck Walker. It'll take you to that page, and that looks like that's all.

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  37. That website is a hoot!
    Hiking in Eaton Canyon promoted - but no mention of the Mt. Wilson Trail, or Bailey Canyon? Almost like they never walked around here.
    Better yet, there's a picture of Las Coches Mountain in the Sierra Madre range, taken from SR 166. You can find it on the Wikipedia page for Sierra Madre Mountains.

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  38. Dr. Keith Marshall is not even a licensed psychologist. He is a "Registered Psychological Assistant" under supervision of Raphael Johnson. This fact is according the California Board of Psychology. Also, potentially misleading -- as one may be led to believe Dr. Keith is licensed.

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    1. You mean "Dr." Keith?

      Unfortunately, I love one block -- a two minute walk -- from this place and do NOT appreciate Dedicato "Treatment" Center sneaking into my neighborhood. It makes it worse when the purpose is to fill the wallets of sanctimonious, self-righteous profiteers trying to make big bucks from the mental health industry while pretending to "care." What a scam. If their scam was in a commercial or industrial area, then it would be fine. But they decided to setup shop in a RESIDENTIAL R-1 zoned area!! And the guy, Dr. Keith, isn't even a licensed psychologist?!?!

      Any lawyers on here? Can we sue the City of Sierra Madre or the Dedicato and/or property owner(s)?

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    2. 3:17, who you'd have to sue is the state.

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    3. osangeles.blockshopper.com/property/5762017002/22_w_carter

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  39. This "Dr. Keith" is a shill. Sorry if I missed a post bearing the same information I found:
    http://www.elijahshouse.com/contactus.php
    The Websites looks like amateur hack jobs from 1998. There is nothing professional about them, which screams of take the money and run "treatment."

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    1. Also, look at this profile from a place called "Elijah's House." "Dr. Keith" advertising himself as a "Clinical Psychologist" when he does not even have a "clinical psychologist" license. He is a "registered psychological assistant," right? Someone call the state licensing board and report this fraud. What a joke:

      http://www.elijahshouse.com/keith.php

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    2. Interesting that the link was mysteriously deleted after it appeared on The Tattler.

      I also looked up this Dr. Keith on the CA Board of Psychology and noted that he is a Registered Psychological Assistant under supervision of Raphael Johnson. But if 5:46 PM (above) is correct in her/his post, and Dr. Keith is advertising himself as a full-blown "Clinical Psychologist," then he needs to be reported to the Board of Psychology so Dr. Keith can be held accountable for misrepresentation. It isn't right to portray oneself to clients in a dishonest manner.

      Nevertheless, anyway to archive a cached version of Keith's biography from Elijah's House?

      Also, I am all for getting people mental help; but in my opinion, this Dedicato place just reeks of a money-hungry entity (in which WE are paying the price for their questionable decision to open up right in the middle of a residential neighborhood... especially if I ever decide to sell my home and am required to disclose the fact a sober facility is just a few doors down from me).

      These Dedicato Treatment fools are just so inconsiderate. It makes me wonder how much "care" they really give their clients. I would not spend even $2,000 for a month at that place. Especially with its completely annoying lighting that -- as someone mentioned in a different post -- resembles a Las Vegas business (and adds a tremendous amount of light pollution).

      Hope the city can do more than support a bill to make these hustlers register with the city.

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  40. All of us who live close to 22 W. Carter Ave. probably lost several thousand dollars in property value, courtesy of Dedicato. Thank you for "caring," Dedicato Treatment Center, Inc.

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