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Local News in Brief : Homeowners Sue to Block School

Homeowners and renters who could lose their South-Central Los Angeles homes to make way for a new public school filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The lawsuit, filed by legal aid attorneys on behalf of the mostly elderly and minority residents, alleges that the school district has not adequately studied the impact of plans to take out 64 dwelling units near Main and 47th streets for an elementary school. The suit seeks to stop the proposal until additional study of low-cost housing losses caused by construction of the school.

The district for years has been taking property to build schools to relieve overcrowding in inner-city schools. But protests have been increasing as affected neighborhoods become organized. The district plans four new schools in the South-Central area.


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