California: Governor Newsom and Attorney General Bonta Announce Legal Victory, Holding Huntington Beach Accountable for Flouting Housing Element Law
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HUNTINGTON BEACH ~ In a recent announcement, Governor Gavin Newsom and California Attorney General Rob Bonta revealed that the state has successfully obtained an order from the San Diego Superior Court against the City of Huntington Beach for violating California's Housing Element Law. The court has given the city 120 days to come into compliance.

Governor Newsom emphasized the importance of local governments following state laws and taking responsibility for their fair share of housing. He stated, "From day one, my administration has been clear: local governments must be accountable for following state law and planning their fair share of housing." He also highlighted that this case is a demonstration of the state's commitment to enforcing these laws in order to address the ongoing housing crisis.

Attorney General Bonta echoed this sentiment, stating that "Huntington Beach is not above the law - that's the essence of today's ruling." He urged other local governments to take notice and emphasized his office's dedication to working with cities and counties that are willing to be part of the solution while holding accountable those who are not.

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The lawsuit against Huntington Beach was filed on March 9, 2023 by Governor Newsom's Administration - specifically, the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) - and Attorney General Bonta. This action is just one example of Governor Newsom's efforts to increase accountability and address California's need for more housing. He established the Housing Accountability Unit (HAU) within HCD, which has successfully unlocked over 23,000 units of housing since its inception.

With this recent court order, it is clear that both Governor Newsom and Attorney General Bonta are committed to ensuring that all jurisdictions in California fulfill their obligations in addressing the housing crisis. As they continue to hold local governments accountable, it is hoped that more progress will be made towards finding a solution for this pressing issue.

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