California Legislature passes housing desegregation measure in rebuke to President Trump

Monday, August 27, 2018

By Liam Dillon - LA Times

California lawmakers on Monday made another attempt to blunt Trump administration policies by passing a bill aimed at combating housing segregation.

Assembly Bill 686 by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) would put into state law Obama-era rules requiring local governments to advance policies to desegregate housing in their communities. This month, Ben Carson, Trump’s secretary of Housing and Urban Development, announced he was moving forward with plans to roll back rules requiring cities and counties to flight patterns of housing segregation.

“We wanted to make sure that fair housing still exists in California even though it’s been threatened by the Trump administration and Congress,” Santiago said.

Under Santiago’s bill, cities and counties would have to include anti-segregation plans when they describe how they expect to meet state goals for housing production every eight years.

The bill passed the Assembly 42 to 19 on partisan lines. It needs Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature to become law.