- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Residents of a California housing subdivision are working to overturn a policy outlined in their community agreement that states only white people are allowed to own homes there.

The Foster family recently moved into the Lake Hills neighborhood in El Dorado Hills near Sacramento when they were asked to sign a community agreement, similar to a homeowners association agreement, that said non-whites weren’t welcome there, a local Fox News affiliate reported.

The “Racial Occupancy” clause of the Lake Hills Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions agreement currently states: “No person except those of the white Caucasian race shall use, 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 rule, which cannot be legally enforced, has reportedly been on the books since 1961.

Kevin Loewen of the El Dorado Hills Community Services District called the rule “inappropriate” and “reprehensible,” but he said getting rid of it would be a difficult task, Fox reported.

“[It’s] definitely challenging any time you want to get some sort of change in any community in this day and age, when people may not be voting in a high turnout,” he told the station.

Cameron and Lieselotte Foster learned Monday night that they need at least half of their 300 neighbors to sign a petition before the rules can be changed.

They’re hoping the district can put a system in place so signatures can be collected electronically, something the district says it will work on, Fox reported.

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