California takes aim at housing discrimination with new laws

With state policy increasingly focused on boosting development to address the housing affordability crisis, California adopted measures Tuesday to combat discrimination in the housing market that supporters say is critical to ensuring the state not only builds enough homes but that everyone has access to them.

As part of a broad package of housing legislation, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed more than half a dozen bills to promote fairness and equity, including a requirement for local governments to consider racial integration in their development plans, a streamlined process for homeowners to remove historic racist restrictions from property deeds and new anti-bias training for real estate agents and appraisers.