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Friday, February 24, 2006

Cities target parolee homes

TEMPORARY BANS: Several Inland councils buy time to investigate their regulatory options.

12:01 AM PST on Friday, February 24, 2006

By NAOMI KRESGE and DARRELL R. SANTSCHI / The Press-Enterprise

Early in 2002, two Fontana police officers sat down to solve a problem: unscrupulous landlords cramming unsupervised parolees together in boarding houses.

The officers gave the boarding houses a name, parolee homes, and got the Fontana City Council to pass an ordinance to require the homes to get city permits.

None of the boarding houses made it through the permit process. No other parolee homes have been established in the city, and for three years, Fontana remained the only city in California to recognize and regulate parolee homes.

Today, though, other Inland cities are rushing to join Fontana. Since August, Yucaipa, Highland, Redlands, Loma Linda and Norco have passed urgency ordinances -- bypassing the usual six-week waiting period for new laws -- to put temporary bans on homes that charge a fee to house state-prison parolees.

Yucaipa followed up with an ordinance modeled on the one in Fontana, requiring a city permit to operate a parolee home.

Meanwhile, two other cities, Murrieta and Pomona, passed ordinances aimed at other kinds of group homes that could house parolees. Murrieta's urgency ordinance, approved in August, temporarily banned all group homes. Pomona's two ordinances require permits to operate a boarding house or a home that houses multiple sex offenders.

A Cottage Industry

The Fontana rules, passed in November 2002, defined the term "parolee home" as an organization that accepts payment in exchange for housing two to six unrelated parolees, and it required such homes to get a city permit.

Holderness and Councilman Frank Scialdone, who then was the city's police chief, said they wanted to crack down on boarding houses that were cramming parolees together in tight, sometimes sub-par quarters with little oversight.

"We were seeing a cottage industry spring up," Holderness said. "In one case, we had nine parolees in a bunk room, triple-high, in an illegal patio conversion in a house."

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