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California sues Huntington Beach to force it to plan low-income housing

The state sued the Orange County city of Huntington Beach on Friday to force it to plan for more affordable housing, part of a campaign by Gov. Gavin Newsom to boost construction in California as residents grapple with soaring housing costs.

Newsom said Huntington Beach has refused to meet a state mandate to provide new housing for low-income people. He promised that cities that do not do their part will be “held to account.”

…The resistance in Huntington Beach was an impetus for AB72, said Anya Lawler, a policy advocate for the Western Center on Law & Poverty. Her organization was one of the sponsors of the law.

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