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Huntington Beach Mayor Tony Strickland’s hypocritical stance on housing – Orange County Register

Huntington Beach Mayor Tony Strickland, a former California state legislator, has emerged as a leading voice for NIMBYism (Not In My Back Yard) as he leads his city through a taxpayer-funded legal battle against housing mandates in California. It’s off-putting that a so-called conservative takes an extreme stance against property rights, but that’s just the tip of his iceberg of hypocrisy.

The Register reported this month that Strickland lives in a condominium “which was built for those who are eligible to purchase units based on family income limits.” We won’t blame Strickland for living in this house, which his wife bought with her ex-husband in 2000. But this type of project might not get off the ground if Strickland’s slow-growth policies take hold.

Related: Huntington Beach Republicans Support Local Government Tyranny Over Property Rights

We are not supporters of government subsidized housing, but we do support state efforts to deregulate land use and allow builders to create projects that meet market demands. Under Strickland’s leadership, Huntington Beach uses the mantra of “local control” to challenge housing laws and prevent landlords from exercising their property rights. The city even refused to process Grandma’s apartment applications.

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