Rehab house harms street

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Your article, “Life on the outside” (Journal, May 26) was one of the most one-sided pieces I have read in a long time. Owning 20 houses in just 10 years is just scrimping by? Granted he did buy the house pictured at the right price and used his clients to clean it up. He recently has added a much larger fishing vessel to his fleet that is stored in the backyard. Rick Jaramillo was able to locate his business in a residential neighborhood without anyone impacted being notified. The neighbors met with a sheriff’s deputy and talked to code enforcement, all to no avail. We are a small neighborhood of homes built in the 1950s on a dead-end street and we know our neighbors. Many are younger families; there are approximately 20 children under the age of 18. How can you say our neighborhood has not been impacted? We had three break-ins in the first months following the establishment of the rehab house. There have been many changes, locks, night lights, motion lights, alarm systems, more large dogs and several families have purchased self-defense weapons. If we decide to sell, we will have to disclose that rehab house or risk being sued. I was working out-of-town and coming home weekends. When the rehab house went in I found local work at much lower pay rather then leave my wife home alone. Fortunately this is a close neighborhood and we watch out for each other. For Mr. Jaramillo to say after time neighbors accept these people is false. Many are afraid to say how they feel fearing reprisals. Phil Schweyer, Auburn