California to Sue City of Huntington Beach for Allegedly Violating State’s Housing Law

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California is suing the City of Huntington Beach for allegedly violating the state’s housing law.

On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the lawsuit against the City of Huntington Beach.  The state alleged that the city is willfully blocking affordable housing development and refusing to meet regional needs.

Newsom authorized the legal action after the extensive attempts by the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development to offer partnership and support to the city to make its housing plan compliant with the state’s housing law.

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In September 2017, then Gov. Jerry signed into law AB 72 to restrict the ability of cities and counties to prevent the development of affordable housing. The law took effect on January 1, 2018. Under the law, the state can revoke a city or county’s existing housing plan and report violations of the housing law to the state Attorney General for litigation.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra will be filing the lawsuit against the City of Huntington Beach. It is the first legal action involving the state’s housing law.