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Riverside County city settles discrimination suit

SAN JACINTO, Calif. (AP) -- A Southern California city has agreed to change its laws and pay nearly $750,000 to settle allegations that it tried to keep group homes for the disabled out of residential neighborhoods.

San Jacinto (HAH'-seen-toh) says Tuesday it agreed to comply with federal housing and disability laws and to pay damages to housing providers and former residents.

The federal Justice Department sued in 2012, contending that the Riverside County city improperly amended its zoning code to restrict group homes for the disabled and also targeted them for enforcement actions.

City Manager Tim Hults denies the city ever discriminated against the disabled and Mayor Alonso Ledesma says the settlement was made to avoid a long and costly court battle.

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