California AG sues Huntington Beach for failure to comply with State Housing Element Law.

Last week, Governor Newsom authorized Attorney General Becerra to file suit against Surf City Huntington Beach for willfully refusing to comply with state housing laws after extensive attempts.  This is the first time we have seen this kind of a lawsuit. In 2018, AB 72 took effect allowing the state to revoke a city or county’s housing plan if it was out of compliance and to file suit if needed.  

By law, a city must have a Housing Element that assures they have zoning for enough housing to meet the projected population growth across all income levels.  

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer stakes the claim of being the first YIMBY Mayor   

During Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s State of the City Address in San Diego last month, he continued his commitment to finding solutions to increase housing supply.  His major initiatives will focus mostly on transit-oriented development projects where he wants to offer lower parking standards and do away with height limits near transit stations, except for those in coastal areas.  He also plans to offer to developers a by-right process in any community for projects that incorporate low income and supportive housing.  As is true across the state, reactions are mixed with strong proponents and opponents on each side.  We will be sharing the messages that resonate as his proposals move through the city council deliberations process.