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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Orange County Register: How California’s environmental rules deprive minorities of housing opportunities

BERKELEY, CA— The Orange County Register is the latest news organization to call out new regulations by the state that are inherently racist and disproportionately impact minority communities, depriving them of housing options and keeping more families in the cycle of poverty. In response, The Two Hundred recently filed a civil rights lawsuit against the state for a series of racially biased policies designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Orange County Register:  How California’s environmental rules deprive minorities of housing opportunities

California’s landmark environmental law is being used to promote racist redlining housing policies, according to a lawsuit filed by a group of liberal activists.

As readers of these editorial pages know, the California Environmental Quality Act has been abused in ways beyond anything having to do with the environment by NIMBYs to block development and by unions to extort preferential treatment.

But a relatively new state regulation added to the CEQA process has had disastrous effects on low-income minority communities, trapping them in a cycle of poverty and forcing them further from job centers or out of the state entirely.

As noted in the lawsuit, housing costs increase $19,000 per mile and the median rent for two-bedroom apartments shoots up $33 per month per mile. This increase in costs disproportionately affects minority groups.

Homeownership is one of the best ways to create generational wealth. Not everyone wants to own a home, but those who do, especially those who want to create wealth, find it difficult to break into homeownership because of prohibitive costs.

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