The words that jumped out at me were "legal counsel." That can only mean the city is looking for (legal) ways to put the squeeze on group homes that provide support for people recovering from drug and alcohol dependency. That is, keep more from opening, and who knows, maybe even hassle existing ones out of business.The City staff is actively working with an independent legal counsel to evaluate the City's current policies and procedures for processing group home applications.
Source: Richardson Coaltion PAC.
Personally, I'd feel much better if the city were actively working with, not lawyers, but medical experts and service agencies with experience working with people recovering from drug and alcohol dependency. Seeking creative public/private partnerships to provide more and better services of the kind in Richardson. Helping the group homes instead of hassling them. You know, acting with brotherly love instead of acting like Big Brother. The alternative is more prisons, more hospitals, more institutions, and more homeless people. And that's not in anyone's interest, including the City of Richardson as a whole.
And that's who's not listening to me now.