Senate Leader Atkins on Housing Law Enforcement: Attempts to Eliminate Homeowners’ Rights Stand in Way of Progress

March 9, 2023

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), who authored the California HOME Act in 2021, released the following statement regarding the lawsuit filed against Huntington Beach for limiting housing development:

“It’s disappointing to see communities like Huntington Beach attempt to eliminate a homeowner’s right to make decisions about their own property. SB 9, along with ADU law, was intended to give homeowners options and streamline the building process. These laws are options that can help folks build a granny flat to help a parent age in place, or allow someone to split their lot or turn a single-family home into a duplex, thus creating not only more housing, but intergenerational wealth for families. I appreciate Attorney General Bonta and Governor Newsom for holding accountable those who break the law and stand in the way of progress.”


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Toni G. Atkins is President pro Tempore of the California Senate. Having previously served as Speaker of the California Assembly, she began her tenure in the Senate in 2016. As Senator for District 39, she represents the cities of San Diego, Coronado, Del Mar and Solana Beach. Website of President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins: