David Allyn Dokich - Serial Child Rapist / High Risk Sex Offender

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Norco looks to toughen regulation of group homes

City Council fights to enact tougher group-home regulations
By Amy Frye, Staff Writer

NORCO - In a move that satisfies some residents, and worries others, the City Council has decided to work for stricter state and local regulation of group homes.

Those who have supported this push for the past two years argue they want to prevent sex offenders from moving into group homes in their neighborhoods.

"Show me in the law where they're not going to place a sex offender into that group home. They can't do it because it's not written in the law," said Julie Waltz, who lives near a group home on Broken Arrow Street.

Opponents say her argument is an excuse to run developmentally challenged residents of these homes out of town.

"They don't want disabled people living near them," said Mary Feringa, who has a 35-year-old disabled daughter.

During a special meeting Wednesday, the council voted 3-1 to ask state legislators to sponsor new laws for licensed residential care facilities and to develop their own city regulations regarding unlicensed parolee homes in Norco.

Councilman Harvey Sullivan dissented and Herb Higgins was absent.

There are 15 licensed residential care facilities in Norco, and another is scheduled to move in, said City Manager Jeff Allred.

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Your fearless blogger here.

While Mead Valley and Pomona are fighting against unlicensed group homes for sex offenders, Pheland and Norco have a different situation.

In their case they have group homes, oh wait, I think the correct term is 'residential care facilities', that are sanctioned by the state and deal with individuals coming out of the mental health system.

I for one have no problem with someone who is mentally challenged living nearby. And I do not think the good folks of Phelan or Norco do either.

But when a person is deemed mentally challenged because they like to set things on fire, like say, oh I don't know, your house, then I would imagine you may have some concerns about the state placing them next door to you too.

This is just one example of what Phelan and Norco are fighting against. Another is individuals who committed sexually related crimes but were deemed unfit for to stand trial. Do you want someone walking outside without their drawers on in front of your kids? I didn't think so.

So when the critics say this is just about not wanting 'disabled' people living nearby, don't believe them. This has nothing to do with someone being disabled, it has everthing to do with someone being a danger to your community.

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