The Epoch Times –

LOS ANGELES—Due to the large number of addiction treatment and sober living facilities in Orange County and the Greater Los Angeles, the area has been nicknamed “Rehab Riviera.”

Many sober living homes are poorly run and are disruptive presences in many neighborhoods, said Donald P. Wagner, a member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors who is leading initiatives to improve the situation.

A new ordinance in Orange County requires a 1,000-foot buffer zone between sober living homes and tightens permitting requirements. The Board of Supervisors passed the ordinance unanimously on Jan. 28.

“Some of the home operators are not doing what they’re supposed to do,” Wagner told the Epoch Times. “[Some] operators enforce no rules or curfews, and you have these people who are out in the front lawn … talking at all hours of the night, smoking out on the front lawn, littering the front lawns.”

“They have visitors who are taking up all of the parking spaces around homes and the problem is, these homes are in the middle of residential neighborhoods,” he said. “So it changes the character of the neighborhood.”

Furthermore, some operators aren’t treating the recovering addicts well.

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