Community Care Ordinance Goes to Committee

UPDATE:  5th graph replaces previously published version of Rosendahl’s position on CCFO 

The Public Safety Committee will discuss a controversial plan to amend the Los Angeles Municipal Code and regulate State licensed community care and residential care facilities, Councilmember Bill Rosendahl announced today.

According to the agenda released today, the committee will hold a special meeting on Monday, December 10, 9 a.m. in the John Ferraro Council Chamber on the 3rd Floor of City Hall.

Proponents of the proposal want to define a single housekeeping unit and amend the definitions for rooming and boarding house and family in the current municipal code.

While some argue this will crack down on drugs and crime, others say the ordinance will eliminate shared housing in single family neighborhoods and hurt the most vulnerable in the community, like people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.

UPDATE:

Rosendahl initially supported the proposal but then opposed it when the draft was fleshed out. Rosendahl had serious concerns and is now studying the new proposal and what impact it would have on homes for veterans, victims of domestic violence, homeless children, and others.

The agenda for the meeting can be found on the City of LA website.

Rosendahl wants to hear what you think, and encourages you and your Neighborhood Councils to weigh in on the issue by posting your comments below.

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4 thoughts on “Community Care Ordinance Goes to Committee

  1. Hi Bill,

    Glad you are feeling better.

    Exploiting a quadruple homicide to eliminate all shared housing in the City of Los Angeles doesn’t pass the logic test.

    Why isn’t the safety committee investigating the triple homicide that occurred in south central Los Angeles last week behind a barber shop and move to close all barber shops in the city?

    What about the homicides that occur in apartment complexes and passing an ordinance to close all apartment complexes.

    Housing doesn’t murder people. I can guarantee there were no homes in Los Angeles that killed anyone this week.

    The CCFO is, and always has been, a flawed ordinance that targets the disabled and disenfranchised and erects barriers and eliminates their housing options. This will be the downfall for this ordinance, and if passed, the City will be embroiled in needless law suits for the next ten years. The sad thing about that is the City’s attitude is “It’s not my money, bring it on.”

    This is an opportunity for the council to stand up for the civil rights of the disabled, the little guy, and the disenfranchised, Instead, the council is pandering to their donors and a group of NIMBY’s. Can you imagine if this council were seated during the civil rights fights of the 1960’s?

    This is Los Angeles. We should never have to resort to Federal Protections of the disabled. We are supposed to be more enlightened than that. However, if this passes, we will be grateful that other leaders recognized the importance of protecting the disabled and we will utilize those protections to their full potential.

    Vote no on CCFO.

    Jeff Christensen
    Volunteer
    Venice Recovery Center

  2. The Community Care Ordinance proposal is unfair to those who need help to live in a decent home. Reducing the number of group homes in single family zoned neighborhoods would be a terrible outcome for the mentally ill. They need to live in neighborhoods as they are anxious, fearful, and need peace and quiet to stay stable. It is unfair to push them all into tough urban settings where they get into trouble. They have already sustained a big injury being disabled. Good group homes with supervision and care are not big problems. They make a family in a more healthy atmosphere. What is more dangerous is disoriented, homeless people sleeping in doorways with no place to call home.
    Shirley Cabeen

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