California sues wealthy coastal city over low-income housing

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom used a new law for the first time Friday to try to force a wealthy Southern California coastal city to end its years of opposition to meeting low-income housing goals.

Newsom’s administration sued the Orange County city of Huntington Beach under the law that took effect Jan. 1 after passing in a 2017 package of measures intended to alleviate the state’s severe housing shortage and homelessness problem.

California has more homeless people than any other state and the nation’s highest poverty rate when soaring housing and rental costs are taken into account. Newsom, who took office this month, has proposed building 3.5 million housing units in the state with nearly 40 million residents.

The lawsuit says leaders in Huntington Beach, home to about 200,000 people, have repeatedly refused to amend the city’s housing plan to add state-required low-income housing and are fighting a separate lawsuit by housing advocates. The city says it’s complying with state housing and zoning laws.

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One Response to California sues wealthy coastal city over low-income housing

  1. William Hicks January 30, 2019 at 4:11 am

    All the other cities and counties had better beware, affordable housing is required.

    Now. the question is……what qualifies as affordable housing? is it more detached wall communities, or is it section 8 style housing? Do you see a problem with excessive open space policies and an ample supply of housing that may bring the cost of housing down to a point where it is again, affordable in California; particularly here in Ventura County and the Cities in the County?


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