Jim Righeimer, Costa Mesa Mayor, to Discuss Task Force on Drug Rehabs in City Tonight

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Costa Mesa's mayor obviously noticed drug rehab Morningside Recovery closed its controversial Newport Beach home recently and moved patients there to homes in Costa Mesa, which is already, uh, blessed with more than 100 similar facilities.

At tonight's Costa Mesa City Council meeting, Mayor Jim Righeimer is scheduled to talk about the Preserve Our Neighborhoods Task Force he recently formed.

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The task force is charged with finding ways to make 124 group homes with at least 1,000 beds better neighbors in a town where complaints of increasing noise, traffic, tobacco smoke and discarded drug paraphernalia are on the rise.

Meanwhile, Costa Mesa police detectives are investigating the murder of a handyman outside one sober-living house.

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By state and federal law, cities cannot prevent the operation of group homes for those recovering from drug and alcohol abuse. But cities can cite any home, sober or non-sober, for perceived code violations. The task force aims to keep relations friendly between all neighbors, the mayor says.

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