By JOSH HAYES The world’s biggest developer is under fire for moving hundreds of thousands of residents from their homes in an illegal and unannounced process that is likely to result in them being evicted from their condominium associations.
Hollywood studios owner Disney says it is investigating a report that the city of Los Angeles is using eminent domain to evict residents from some condominium complexes.
Hilton condominium association president John Cipollini said his association has been in communication with Hollywood studios and the city, but did not give details.
He said he has not been notified about any potential legal action.
He said the eviction process would not be disruptive to his association.
He also said the city’s eviction process is not a violation of the California Constitution.
He did not say what the city might do with its own property.
Disney said on Thursday it is working with Los Angeles officials to review the allegations.
Disney’s spokeswoman, Kristin Sauer, declined to comment.
Disney spokesman David Pfeifer said the company is in touch with local and federal authorities.
He did not respond to a request for comment.
The process has been criticized by many housing advocates as an attempt to force tenants out of their units without a court order.
Disney’s move comes amid a heated housing debate that has focused attention on how to help residents stay in their homes.
A Los Angeles City Council panel is scheduled to vote on a measure to create a new public housing authority in November.