A California town hoped mountain lions would help it skirt SB9. The AG threatened to sue.

When Woodside, California was bitten by the NIMBY bug, it came up with an idea: claim the entire town as a mountain lion habitat to avoid SB9, a new law that allows duplexes and fourplexes in residential areas.

It was too clever by half. On Sunday, Attorney General Rob Bonta warned Woodside that he considered the cougar habitat claim a “transparent” attempt to skirt the law.

“My message to Woodside is simple: Act in good faith, follow the law, and do your part to increase the housing supply. If you don't, my office won't stand idly by."

Bonta threatened to sue the wealthy San Mateo town.

Woodside has already relented. The city council voted to rescind the mountain lion habitat declaration and begin accepting applications for SB9 projects immediately.

Read more at ABC 7 News.


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