Huntington Beach

City will challenge AB 68 legality in court

HUNTINGTON BEACH will challenge the legality of AB 68 in court (Shutterstock).

By a 4-3 margin, the Huntington Beach City Council voted Tuesday to authorize the filing of a lawsuit challenging Assembly Bill 68 which governs the use of accessory dwelling units, commonly known as “granny flats” or “in-law units,” in residential properties.

AB 68 is intended to help ease the state’s housing crisis. It restricts cities’ ability to ban or discourage such units and continues a requirement that ADUs be used for rental terms of at least 30 days.

Perhaps most important is that the bill expands the range of ADUs that must received “ministerial approval” rather than a discretionary approval process. The bill was approved by the state legislature and signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom in Oct. 9, becoming effective Jan. 1, 2020.

Voting against filing the lawsuit were council members Mike Posey, Barbara Delgleize and Kim Carr.

DUI, driver’s license checkpoint on Feb. 22-23

A drunk drivers’ and drivers’ license checkpoint will be held on Saturday at an undisclosed location in Huntington Beach from Feb. 22-23 from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.

The checkpoint will be operated by members of the Huntington Beach Police Department. Locations are determined based on statistics of past collisions and DUI arrests.

In 2018 the HBPD arrested over 1000 DUI drivers and numerous others involved in traffic collisions resulting in deaths and injuries.

 

 

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