California sues city of Huntington Beach over lack of affordable housing

California sues city of Huntington Beach over lack of affordable housing
Gavin Newsom (Image: ABC 7 LA video)

[Ed. – Yes, you read that right. The state is suing the city.  Ideological dementia reigns supreme.]

California accused one of its own cities of blocking the construction of enough affordable places to live, filing a lawsuit Friday that signals an aggressive approach to the state’s housing crisis by the new governor, Gavin Newsom.

Huntington Beach, an upscale coastal city outside Los Angeles, is “standing in the way of affordable housing production and refusing to meet regional housing needs,” according to an announcement from the office of Mr. Newsom, a Democrat elected in November. …

The governor’s office said that the city has been out of compliance since 2015 with a state law that requires localities to adopt plans to provide housing that keeps pace with job and population growth. …

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Advocates have urged Sacramento politicians to take more aggressive enforcement actions. Mr. Newsom did so Friday with the first use of a 2018 law that allows him to refer such cases to the state attorney general.

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