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Plan to close developmental center in Costa Mesa meets resistance

Plan to close developmental center in Costa Mesa meets resistance

Dozens voiced their opinions last week at a public hearing on the Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa to express both concern and support for a plan to close the state-owned facility.

Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown proposed transitioning developmentally disabled residents out of Fairview's institutional-style setting by 2021 and into smaller regional centers that are more integrated into communities. To that effort, Brown has budgeted $78.8 million this fiscal year toward the closure of Fairview and two similar facilities.

The governor's proposal, however, was met with considerable skepticism at Saturday's hearing.

Family members of Fairview residents expressed...

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