Subdivision Has ‘Whites Only’ Clause on Books
Just when you think people can’t get any more ridiculous.
A California subdivision has a discriminatory “whites only” policy in its rules. The Lake Hills community’s shocking policy was created in 1961 as a way to keep people of color from buying property in the community, KTXL reports.
“Clause 13 Racial Occupancy” of the Lake Hills Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions, more commonly known as CC&Rs, cannot legally be enforced, but is similar to a homeowner’s association agreement.
“No person except those of the white Caucasian race shall occupy or reside upon any residential lot or plot in this subdivision, except when employed in the household of a white Caucasian tenant or owner,” the clause reads.
Liese Foster’s family had barely closed the sale on their new home when they were blown away by the rule.
“I’m like, ‘You gotta be kidding me, that’s ridiculous,'” Foster said. “You have to sign off that you agree to these things.”
She and her husband, Cameron had no idea that the CC&Rs contained racist and discriminatory restrictions until they were signing the closing documents, they said.
Some longtime Lake Hills residents told KTXL they were aware of the rule, but paid it no attention since there are non-whites who live in the neighborhood and there doesn’t seem to be an effort to enforce the law.
But the Fosters say that isn’t the point.
“Everyone knows you can’t enforce that, but it still sends a message,” Foster said.
So they’re sending a message of their own. The couple took to nextdoor.com to let members of the community know about the policy in hopes of dismantling it.
KTXL spoke with Brent Dennis, general manager for the Eldorado Hills Community Services District. He says he had no idea the rule was on the books, and that it will be corrected promptly.
“That’s really quite embarrassing,” Dennis said, adding that he plans to bring the issue to the CC&R committee’s meeting where he expects it to be removed at that time.