Monday, April 10, 2017

Is Our Favorite Drug Rehab Facility Claiming Special Privileges, and in an R1 Zone No Less?

A Sierra Madre resident living on West Carter, and not too far away from the now infamous Dedicato Treatment Center, has had the very good fortune to have an excellent nanny. The nanny was taking care of children when she was approached by someone from Dedicato, who then told her she could not park her car along the street around 22 West Carter. He went on to say the spaces were reserved for his recovering addict clientele, individuals who apparently don't enjoy the inconvenience of having to walk very far.

Staff members from Dedicato routinely park on the street, rather than inside of the property. Many of the area residents have to weave around one particular staff car, a white Ford, license plate XXXXX, which frequently is parked for hours close to the stop sign on Baldwin and Carter, making the turn on that corner more difficult.

According to the currently under-enforced Sierra Madre Police Code the restricted parking area in front of the Dedicato prohibits the employees of that business from parking in front of that location during day time hours only. The parking (in question) is reserved for visitors to the Dedicato and residents or visitors to the area that need to legally park a vehicle on this public street.

There is more. This bad neighbor of a business is lit up like a California desert prison all night long. There are 12 lights that have a very negative impact on the ambience of the neighborhood, and make a mockery of the Dark Sky provisions in the General Plan. If they want to light up their institution, they should be required to do so with proper shielding and orientation of that lighting, directing that grim glare into their own unhappy business, rather than causing a casino like-blaze that spills out into the whole general area.

You have to wonder why the place is it up like that. Is it so the wardens can spot escaping inmates fleeing their imprisonment? Has that afflicted stretch of Carter become a no-man's land?

Every week, the Dedicato's many trash cans lined up on the street are overflowing, stuffed with so much garbage that their lids can’t be properly closed. As soon as the weather warms up, they will draw bears down from the National Monument like magnets. This lucrative junkie rehab business, which is no doubt making money for someone hand over fist, ought to be able to spring for more garbage cans, and bear proof ones at that.

Plus, how much of that overflowing trash is medical waste?  Does this business have a special collection process for medical waste? Would anyone running the city actually know an answer to this?

Every single home in town is potentially vulnerable to becoming a 6 bed rehab business. Isn't it time City Hall paid a little attention?

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90 comments:

  1. Junkies are very selfish.

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    1. True, but they are also sad as can be, and I hope they find proper medical care someplace better than a rehab that's hustling them for the insurance money.

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    2. Always living off others, and these rehab schemes are no different.
      All take and no give.

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    3. If they didn't have big insurance policies, they wouldn't be at Dedicato. That is the real reason the place exists. Being on Carter means they can charge the big bucks.

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  2. City hall only pays attention to things that would affect their pay and retirement!

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    1. City Hall is mostly concerned with the massive CalPERS debt it is carrying. Funding that is by far their largest priority.

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    2. wish I lived closer - I'd park on the street everyday just to annoy them

      whoever lives next door should buy some marijuana and blow the smoke towards the home

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    3. Depends on the bud.

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  3. If one of these homes moves in nearby you not only lost the peaceful and quiet ambiance of a normal residential neighborhood, you probably also lost a few hundred thousand dollars in value since you would have to disclose the material fact of having one of these facilities nearby. That's if it's even salable. Who in their right mind after finding out that one if these facilities is nearby would ever buy a house in that neighborhood. Doubly so if you have kids.

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  4. If you were a neighbor you would hear talking until 3 in the morning.

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    1. Isn't that called disturbing the peace?

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    2. if it were teenagers with skateboards the PD would be all over it

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  5. They are suppose to be in bed, lights out at an earlier time. Heard that from someone who talked to the manager there. They like to sit out and talk in the back yard.

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    1. Neighbors could make a playlist of songs for their enjoyment

      White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane
      Everybody Get High - Mick Jagger
      Smoke Two Joints - Sublime
      Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
      Roll Another Number - Neil Young
      anything by Bob Marley

      you get the drift......




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    2. Cab Calloway & His Orch. - Reefer Man / You Gotta Ho-De-Ho (To Get Along With Me)

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    3. that facility would not want me as the next door neighbor, I'd be bad for their business

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    4. Burn on Down... Ben Harper

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  6. And, there are some people walking the streets that are scary to see that live there, not your normal neighborhood friendly looking/acting.

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    1. People work hard and make sacrifices so they can afford to raise their children in a safe place. Then in the name of social equity the state enables the importation of well insured addicts into an area like ours. Why?

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  7. Is there a posted sentry? This place looks like a lit up parameter of a lock up.

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    1. That house has had better days. The current owner, who rents to the rehab, did so many illegal things when remodeling that the work was shut down, more than once I think.

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  8. I don't see how they can have any control over the parking on a public street. How did this come about?

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    1. Somehow Dedicato has gotten the message that they can do whatever they want.

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    2. The management knows that they are reaping rewards from being located in the neighborhood people have worked hard to make nice. Form Dedicato's point of view, it's pure profit, and they are not really in the community at all; just using it.

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    3. They clearly do not have any such rights, and were way out of line in trying to control anything beyond their gates.
      Too used to giving orders.

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    4. Start a petition to make that block permit only parking.

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    5. They'd just buy up the permits.
      The place must be a cash cow.

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  9. Dr. Inna Lamport, M.D. is their treatment doctor. Suboxione treatment for opiods is her contribution. Sublingual is the on-line description for application for the drug. If there is medical waste on the curb County Health needs to be called, hazmat or OSHA.

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    1. There's an assembly bill up now that would establish safe use rooms, places where addicts could go to get high and be monitored to avoid overdoses, then eventually nudged into rehab. If it passes, it would be a bonanza for the rehab businesses.

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    2. Interesting. Maybe a few of those could be mixed in between the medical marijuana and homeless shelters being planned for our downtown area.

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    3. How about a Waste Your Life Center in every town?
      Buy the drugs, take them and go into rehab all in the same conveniently located business?

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    4. Good idea. It would also cut down on driving and improve Sierra Madre's walkability score.

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    5. Rather than drive people high on drugs should be encouraged to walk.

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  10. A lot of speculation going on here today.

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    1. What's your take?

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    2. Overflowing trash, staff parking on streets, some official daring to tell a neighbor's nanny where she can't park - what's the speculation?

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    3. There is very little official transparency in Sierra Madre. Obviously if it isn't in the form of a press release, preferably reprinted as news in the city's adjudicated pay to play newspaper, 8:13 is uncomfortable.

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    4. The city has said more than once that their hands are tied by the state. This is a 6 bed facility, so state-sanctioned to be anywhere.
      However! Cities can get together to fight that in Sacramento, and have. Ours should join them.

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    5. My take is that I personally would prefer not to have such a business nearby but I'm not paranoid about it. If it is legal then we all need to be good neighbors.

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    6. Yes. Nothing says diversity like adding a criminal element to the neighborhood.

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    7. See- that's some of the speculation I'm talking about. I suppose having a drug addiction could or could have made one a 'criminal'. I don't know the status of anyone in that facility aside from past Tattler articles. But fear mongering is the wrong kind of diversity too.

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    8. 9:21, what exactly is it that a revolving clientele of addicts can do to be good neighbors? Or do you mean that the people who live around them are to be good neighbors with no reciprocity.

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    9. Mind their business, deal with their problems and strive to better citizens. Same goes for the neighbors.

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    10. Hassling people over parking is not what I'd call minding their own business.

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    11. Heh, all neighbors do that. The school on Algeria and Baldwin does that. Happens at the lot by Mary's. I'd rather have them park in front than blocks away.

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    12. Sure. Drug rehab facilities and elementary schools. Two peas in a pod.

      Knucklehead.

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    13. 12:29, the point is that the rehab biz claimed a right to tell residents where they could or could not park on a public street.

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    14. Easy 12.33, no need to insult me. I'm. It defending the rehab place. I'm just saying we need more than speculation and fear mongering when judging any business in town which is operating legally. The school definitely reserves parking and will hassle people who park there.
      Did the rehab biz actually 'claim a right' or is that just speculation and heresay. Unlike the trump posts this post has little sources to back it up. This it more like an editorial. I want facts before a rushil to judgement

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    15. Dude. We have covered this topic here before. The state law, the reasons for it, and how the city is pretty much handcuffed. What you posted just now is you don't know anything. Fine. The information is available, here and elsewhere. Get to it.

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    16. If a school is coming out to tell people they cannot park on the public streets, that school is wrong and should be censured. The public streets are for residents and everyone else. Ya know, the public.

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    17. 1:30, (and probably the same poster at 8:13, 9:39, and 12:29) drive by at night and check out the lighting, drive by on trash day and check out the trash cans, and if you don't believe the nanny, ask yourself why she would lie to the Tattler.
      Maybe the Dedicato troll is on here after all, just toned down and not accusing us all of being addicts in denial anymore.

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    18. 3:27 chill bro. light up and relax. save your insults for the trump posts

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    19. Uh oh. Behavior cop.

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    20. Sounds like 3:59 might be a potential customer for Dedicato.

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  11. send Officer Amos he's known to shoot first and ask questions later - then get promoted

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    1. Detective work is easier when the suspect can't move.

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  12. Just saw a piece that says Trump can't read well.

    Maybe that explains his muddled thinking, poorly written tweets, and over use of the vacuous adjective "very."

    Maybe Trump Guy # 1 is really Trump himself!

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    1. No, just a devoted disciple

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    2. The word I would use is lackey.

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    3. In the average high school composition class (not to mention AP English composition) Trump would flunk with his overuse of a series of words that composition teachers strive hard to get their students to avoid. My son had a list of words, that if used would guarnatee an F. I get to flunk Trump on a daily basis. His presumably college-graduated staff should know better. Well, anyway, it is the tweet world of English degeneration. Even the turn of the last, last century did better with short phrasing in Western Union telegraph messages.

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    4. Trump is a maniac. But he's not dumb. He talks that way to pander to constituents. Bush did the same thing but he actually was dumb too

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  13. Hey, where's the Dedicato troll?
    Usually when the Tattler has an article about that place, someone comes on and posts things like we must all be hidden alcoholics and drug addicts, or how hard-hearted we are.
    Sleeping in?

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    1. Maybe he's busy chewing out the neighbors for parking in their own neighborhood.

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  14. If you look at the photos for the Dedicato Treatment Center you will see the sunset (à la Malibu) and a string of tall palm trees (not to be found in that configuration in Sierra Madre) so even their promo is a lot of phoniness. Who knows what actually transpires there in the form of real rehabilitation. The substaff is eager to say they are dedicated to helping other addicts get clean due to their own former addiction. There is always this -- heartfelt and sincere. Still doesn't help a residental neighborhood get on with the process of living well with such an interprise in their midst.

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    1. My favorite oops on their material was a shot of the Sierra Madre mountains in Mexico.
      Not inspiring much confidence in their attention to detail.

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    2. Maybe they were high.

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    3. Too bad this enterprise is not in Mexico, then they could bilk medical coverage for international flights too.

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  15. I am certain that Dedicato gets to charge its well-heeled clientele the highest possible rates so they can rehab in a nice neighborhood.

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    1. Quiet, conscientious neighbors so well protected, visually beautiful, and yes, walkable. What's not to like?

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  16. This is a fly by night operation for sure.
    The owners and the clients will never have anything to do with the city.

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  17. Unrelated but amazing: Tesla Just Passed GM to Become America’s Most Valuable Carmaker

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    1. Electric cars only? Yes, astonishing.

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  18. So still no great defender. Somebody ought to let them know that they are missing their opportunity to proselytize.

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  19. No yelp reviews. You would think that at this point some satisfied (as in sober) graduates would be recommending the place.

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    1. I think they sold their laptops to buy drugs.

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  20. How many of these are there in town?

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    1. Depends on when the Buc is open.

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    2. Good question, 12:59. Does the city even know? It didn't know about the place on Carter until residents told it.

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  21. When you google Drug Rehab centers near me or in Sierra Madre you get all sorts of cross referrences and nondescript links to helping you find a center none of which mention Dedicato. Dedicato does come up with its own site but no other site refers you to it.

    And found this for Pasadena in Kinneloa Mesa:

    "3323 E Fairpoint St, Pasadena, CA
    Disclaimer: Eaton Canyon Treatment Center, Pasadena, California submits this disclaimer to inform viewers that we are not a medical facility. Our facility is a residential alcohol and drug treatment center, and all medical services are administered by medical professionals , which are facilitated and operated solely under the jurisdiction of a separate medical corporation."

    There is no disclaimer for Dedicato regarding whether or not they are a medical facility and if there have an off site linked treatment facility. There is an MD for Dedicato but that doctor seems to be connected with a medical site some distance away. What do they do in a medical emergency? Use our EMT/Paramedic services. Call a private ambulance?

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    1. Great questions. Would anyone in city hall be able to answer?

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  22. Who's in charge? Why didn't the Nanny tell the Dedicato guy to "just go fly a kite"; I hope she did not move her car.

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  23. Some of you are pretty arrogant casting shame on the people who seek treatment. Sorry their not all so pure and perfect as you. Perhaps you could learn a life lesson that not all drug addicts want to live their lives like that. There is a mental illness that some people have.

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    1. Ah shaddup.

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    2. Thanks 8:26. True

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    3. Even junkies have sob sisters.

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    4. No one is shaming addicts who are trying to get better. The shame is for business hustlers who set up rehabs that don't have much of a success rate, and who make money at the expense of the hard-working neighbors' investments in their homes and neighborhoods.
      Drug addiction should be treated by doctors in medical facilities; not in a rented house in a residential zone.

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  24. 9:55 definitely shaming. Trolls do that

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