NIMBYism over homeless housing spans race and politics, firing up suburban protests

By Ruben Vives, Yahoo News |

Five years ago, the Orange County Board of Supervisors had plans to build temporary homeless shelters in Laguna Niguel, Irvine , and Huntington Beach. All three cities fought the plan, but the opposition was fiercest in Irvine — where hundreds of Chinese Americans and immigrants mobilized. Similar efforts happened in Arcadia, where Chinese residents opposed the construction of tiny homes.

“This is part of becoming a suburban American; sadly, this is what you assimilate into," said Karthick Ramakrishnan, a professor of political science and public policy at UC Riverside.