The mayor was responding to Balboa Peninsula resident Linda Orozco's complaint that Ridgeway should have intervened when Larry Trahant, the executive director of Narconon, the company that runs a group home on West Ocean Front, spoke up against Orozco during an Aug. 10 city council meeting.
Orozco and Trahant butted heads over the issue of laws regulating the city's alcohol and drug rehabilitation homes. Orozco is one of a number of neighbors of the Narconon recovery group home on the peninsula who say the home plagues nearby residents with noise from delivery trucks, industrial vacuum cleaners and loud tenants. They have also complained about cigarette butts and cigarette smoke.
Ridgeway should have stopped Trahant when he called her a bigot, Orozco said.
Now look this: http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Narconon/sources/media/la031103.htm
Some residents near the three-story home operated on the Balboa Peninsula by Narconon, a private network of more than 100 drug rehabilitation and prevention centers around the world, complain about noise, clouds of cigarette smoke drifting into their homes and traffic in the narrow alley that separates them from their neighbors.
Narconon executives say they have been good neighbors since moving into the first home in 1995 and are eager to resolve any problems.
"There is nothing that I will not work out with my neighbors," said Larry Trahant, executive director of the program's Southern California division. "There is no one that I will not listen to ... to resolve a legitimate problem."
So much for "eager to resolve any problems" :-)
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