Rehab home cited for alleged code violations

Daily Pilot, Newport Beach/February 3, 2009

Newport Beach city officials have cited the rehab home Narconon for allegedly transporting outside clients to receive treatments at the program's West Oceanfront triplex.

Code enforcement officers say Narconon let non-residents use its steam baths at the 1810 W. Oceanfront site, said Assistant City Manager Dave Kiff.

The Narconon program, which is supported in part by the Church of Scientology, uses the baths to treat addiction, Kiff said.

The city also logged a complaint against the home with the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, Kiff said.

Narconon inked a deal in October with city officials to leave by the end of February 2010, when its state alcohol and drug treatment facility permit expires. The deal requires Narconon to abide the terms of its state license.

A Narconon spokeswoman declined to comment.

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