'Rehab Riviera' celebs push Malibu locals to limit
FOR THE well-heeled, California's Malibu Beach neighbourhood offers pristine sands, fine surfing and some of the best real estate on the US West Coast.
But Malibu has now become the "Rehab Riviera", with scores of clinics opening up to fix the minds of wealthy drug addicts and burnt-out celebrities. And the usually liberal denizens of "The Bu" have had enough.
"I have heard from neighbours that there have been incidents of patients escaping or getting out," said local resident Rey Cano, who called the sheriff after finding a nude visitor outside his home. He had come from the nearby drug and alcohol rehab centre."I'm worried about my family's safety."
Malibu, with its 21 miles of Pacific coastline, has long been a popular Hollywood hangout and film location.
Increasingly, however, the same relaxing climes that attract celebrities at the top of their game also attracts them at the bottom. Residents say their narrow winding streets are now clogged with cars.
They also complain of excessive noise from late-night recovery meetings, and a proliferation of paparazzi at the end of their roads.
"No one has a problem if people follow the rules, but this has become a $100m business in Malibu," the town's mayor Joan Harris said.
"What's happened is the rehab places have said, 'We are here and you adhere to our standards', rather than the other way around." (© Daily Telegraph, London)