By: Brittny Mejia | Los Angeles Times
Nineteen months have passed since Los Angeles police blew up a South L.A. neighborhood while detonating a cache of fireworks, but many of the displaced families still haven’t returned. For them, “home” is 20 rooms in a luxury hotel paid for by the city.
“Folks have got legal counsel and have decided not to accept our help. I think others are kind of gaming the system a little bit. They’ve had it good living in the hotel rent-free for several months. They want that to last as long as it can.”Councilman Curren Price Jr., who represents the area
City officials blame unresponsive residents and their foot-dragging legal counsel for delays in getting the families relocated or back into their houses. Attorneys fault insurance companies and L.A. officials. Residents point the finger at the city. And homes along the street remain boarded up. Empty.
But with a hotel bill that has run to $2.1 million, city officials say it’s time for the holdouts to check out.
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