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Resistance To Newsom's Hotel Rooms For The Homeless Is Most Public In SoCal

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A a row of homeless tents above the 101 Freeway earlier this month near downtown L.A. (Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images)
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Gov. Newsom said Saturday that those cities blocking efforts to house the state's massive homeless population will ultimately be judged "by the extent they help the least among us."

But the governor declined to name specific problematic cities.

Matt Levin, who covers housing for our friends at CalMatters, reports:

Resistance to the hotel initiative has surfaced most publicly in Southern California. The cities of Laguna Woods and Laguna Hills in Orange County, and Lawndale and Bell Gardensin Los Angeles County, have mounted legal challenges to hotels that inked emergency deals with county governments.

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... As the state prioritizes hotel rooms for the homeless who have tested positive for the virus or are symptomatic, a potent cocktail of fear is developing in some neighborhoods, say homelessness advocates.

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