City Mum on Lawsuit Alleging Violation of Affordable-Housing Law
A spokeswoman for the City of Albany said the city is withholding comment on a the affordable-housing lawsuit filed against it Wednesday, pending a City Council review of the suit in closed session this coming Monday.
City Clerk Nicole Almaguer, who serves also as Albany's public information officer, told Patch Friday that the city has no comment pending review of the suit by the City Council at its next meeting on Monday.
The suit filed in Alameda County Superior Court accuses the City of Albany of violating state mandates for local governments to facilitate affordable housing. The plaintiffs are the non-profit Albany Housing Advocates, Albany Bulb resident Amber Whitson and Betty Stephenson, identified in the suit as a homeless home-care aide. Representing the plaintiffs are attorneys for Bay Area Legal Aid and the Public Interest Law Project.
The suit asks the court to suspend the city's powers to issue any building permits or make any zoning changes, except those designed to facilitate affordable housing, until the alleged violations are resolved.