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Court upholds Costa Mesa's limits on long-term motel stays
Court upholds Costa Mesa's limits on long-term motel stays

Costa Mesa can, for now, keep enforcing an ordinance restricting long-term stays at motels, despite a legal challenge alleging that the regulations unfairly target low-income residents. Orange County Superior Court Judge Gregory Lewis denied a request for an emergency restraining order to prevent city officials from enforcing the law, which limits most motel stays to 30 days. The Public Law Center, a Santa Ana-based pro bono law firm, asked for the order as part of a lawsuit it filed this week on behalf of a group of motel residents. The group contends that the ordinance exacerbates a shortage of low-income housing in the city and violates state and federal housing and disability laws....

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