Thursday, January 5, 2017

Tonight's Planning Commission Meeting Deals With The "Group Living Facility" (AKA Sober House) Issue

Here is how the Staff Report is summarized on the City of Sierra Madre website (link).


The full Agenda Report can be accessed here.

Group Living Facilities vs. Sober Homes The official City Hall term is "Group Living Facilities" because they would never say something so unfortunate as "junkie housing." Perhaps "Sober Living Homes" might be a little too risky as well, though the term is used in tonight's Planning Commission staff report. 

Even when this terminology is being used to describe an industry whose sole purpose appears to be cleaning out whatever money is available in an addicted patient's insurance portfolio before sending them off on their merry way. Cured or no. Which I suppose makes them little different from a lot of other health care genres. 

In the never-never land of state and national patients' rights legislation inappropriate language could come back to haunt a small city in the form of substantial lawsuits and other penalties, so you need to keep a civil bureaucratic tongue in your head. Something Sierra Madre's local government agency does excel at these days.

When they get around to it.

What's up with City Hall posting meeting videos?
Are they doing it anymore? I know the city has a recently redesigned and quite expensive website that was supposed to be able to handle things like meeting videos, but there hasn't been a Planning Commission video posted there since sometime last November.


It is not like these videos don't exist, either. Here is the December 15 meeting video, which has been available on YouTube since, well, December 15

Video link here

The November 17 (link) and December 1st (link) Planning Commission meetings can be found on YouTube as well. And that service doesn't cost the city anything, which is a lot less than you are paying to have City Hall not post them. 

Livestream this evening's Planning Commission meeting tonight at 7PM
As a community service I will be posting the YouTube link to tonight's meeting here just before it starts. YouTube does a great job, and you can even do things like review earlier segments of the meeting while the rest of it is still going on. 

Or you could wait until the city posts the video in, maybe March? You know how busy they are.

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25 comments:

  1. I am really not sure if anyone in the City Chambers knows how to link and post meetings to YouTube. Maybe they should ask for a training day !

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    1. It's a teachable moment.

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  2. Once again the Planning Commission is doing the job of protecting the town.

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    1. It's too bad they can't do anything to stop the "group homes" of 6 or less residents.

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  3. So our main concern here is sober living facilities, not besotted drinking facilities?

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    1. Where are the besotted drinking facilities in town?
      The "sober" living facility is at 22 West Carter.

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    2. 8:08 is a fan of prohibition.

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    3. They're known as Unsober Living Facilities. The use of terms such as "bar" or "saloon" is no longer acceptable usage.

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  4. Dow falls 100 points amid uncertainty surrounding Trump policies

    U.S. equities traded mostly lower on Thursday, as uncertainty over some of President-elect Donald Trump's policies gave investors pause, despite solid economic data.

    During his campaign, Trump called for an overhaul of the North American Free Trade Agreement and has repeatedly said he will construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump has also called out companies for sending jobs out of the U.S. into other countries.

    "There is still a lot of uncertainty," said Jeremy Klein, chief market strategist at FBN Securities. "We haven't had the inauguration, let alone details about his policies." "Not everyone is sold that this market is a one-way ramp higher," Klein said.

    Adding to investors' worries was a Senate hearing on cybersecurity threats, as U.S. intelligence officials answered questions about their assessment that Russia interfered in the presidential election. "The whole hearing raises questions about whether the entire election was hacked," said Adam Sarhan, CEO at 50 Park Investments. "When you have concerns over a cybersecurity threat, that tends to send money away from risk assets into so-called safe-havens."

    http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/05/us-markets.html

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  5. The hearing raises questions whether the hacking has been happening for eight years under the Obama Administration and only addressed now, and could it happen to the investment fund markets.

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    1. You could. You would know it is happening by the sight of all the flying pigs.

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    2. Putin's Poodles Won't Like ThisJanuary 5, 2017 at 10:38 AM

      Clapper: 'Disparagement' of intel agents cause for worry

      Washington (CNN)The leading US intelligence official said Thursday that his foreign counterparts have expressed concern that President-elect Donald Trump is disparaging the US intelligence community, potentially damaging public confidence.

      "I do think public trust and confidence in the Intelligence Community is crucial" both in the US and in other countries that rely on US intelligence, James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, told the Senate Armed Services Committee. "I've received many expressions of concern from foreign counterparts about the disparagement of the US Intelligence Community, or I should say, what has been interpreted as disparagement of the US Intelligence Community."

      Clapper was speaking at a hearing on global cyberthreats that focused almost exclusively on Moscow's alleged hacking during the presidential elections.

      The hearing gave lawmakers and senior US intelligence officials the chance to draw a line in the sand for Trump, presenting a united front on their conclusion that Russia is a major threat to the United States and was behind election-related hacking -- a conclusion the President-elect has refused to accept.

      http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/05/politics/russian-hacking-hearing-senate-republicans/

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    3. Re 9:17 9:27 10:19 10:38

      Stay on topic or post your ramblings on a previous article or better yet don't post anything.

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    4. Of course it's been happening for the last 40 years,but only now that our government has been infiltrated by a foreign power (trump) is it necessary for our intelligence agencies to address it publicly instead of privately within the agencies.

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    5. 12:21 - Or you'll do what?

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    6. Continue to be bored with your rants.

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    7. You shouldn't read them.

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  6. "It is weird". Intelligence Committee LEAKS info to the Washington Post ahead of briefings!

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    1. Where did you see that?

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  7. I recently moved to Sierra Madre from Orange County where the dramatic increase of sober living homes has become an issue in every city there. Some background on the issues:
    http://www.ocregister.com/articles/sober-681723-homes-living.html
    http://www.sanclementetimes.com/a-sobering-discussion/
    http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/08/22/490526943/a-small-town-struggles-with-a-boom-in-sober-living-homes
    http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-cm-planning-preview-20161202-story.html
    http://www.westerncity.com/Western-City/August-2014/LegalNote-Sober-Living-Businesses/

    I'm hoping the city here takes a long look at how to manage this, before the numbers grow out of control.

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    1. Where there's a buck to be made...

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  8. There are now 16 candidates for appointment to that empty Encinitas City Council seat. Suddenly Joe Mosca has a lot of competition. The City Council there makes their decision on Jan 11.

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    1. And old lying' Joe has contributed money to each of the people who will make the decision?

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  9. http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/08/22/490526943/a-small-town-struggles-with-a-boom-in-sober-living-homes

    I looked at this one from the earlier post and it is a real eye opener for this small area in Arizona.

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  10. Salon: "More than 50 Electoral College members who voted for Donald Trump were ineligible to serve as presidential electors because they did not live in the congressional districts they represented or held elective office in states legally barring dual officeholders." http://www.salon.com/2017/01/05/at-least-50-donald-trump-electors-were-illegally-seated-as-electoral-college-members-report_partner/

    So if Congress actually did its job for a change, it could pick among Trump, Clinton, and Powell.

    Even though a Republican president wouldn't be my first choice, what a delicious irony for the Republican voting white nationalists and alt-right it would be if Colin Powell is chosen. Ah, what a dream….

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