Although we know it’s tempting to blame the rule-makers for this latest debacle, that’s not the problem at all.
The laws behind this actually make sense. They mean well. What happens though is that rapacious investment combines from all over (such as the above, in Burbank) are exploiting these good-faith allowances in order to get a big payoff. It’s a damned cynical racket it is, and you find it everywhere these days.
You’re never of course going to hear this fact from any of the interested parties. They always blame the wrong people, and on purpose.
Why? Because by deflecting the blame it gets them off the hook. They want you to think instead that it’s government’s that’s baaaddd…
Burbank residents were faced with the sobering reality on Thursday that city officials cannot do much to prevent or regulate small group homes, including sober-living facilities, operating in the city.
More than 40 residents gathered in a meeting room at the Community Services Building and heard city officials and an attorney explain that state and federal regulations limit any actions a local agency can take against such facilities.
Barbara Kautz, an attorney specializing in land-use law who was hired by Burbank in 2014 to clarify the city’s housing definitions, told residents that, in most cases, the city must treat licensed and unlicensed group homes the same way it treats single-family homes.
This is due, in part, to the federal Fair Housing Act, which prohibits housing discrimination based on disability, ethnicity or other criteria, Kautz said.
And so — as the assholes always will — let’s try find a way to make some money off of them.
Remember, it’s not “government” that’s to blame here. It’s business.
As it often is.