Residents Who Complained of Squalid Conditions at Long Beach Mobile Home Park on Former Landfill Site Win $34M in Damages

A resident of Friendly Village in Long Beach is seen standing in a flooded roadway outside his mobile home in this undated photo. (Courtesy Gina Fernandes)

A resident of Friendly Village in Long Beach is seen standing in a flooded roadway outside his mobile home in this undated photo. (Courtesy Gina Fernandes)

A Los Angeles County jury has awarded $34 million in damages to 51 people who live or used to live in a troubled Long Beach mobile home park that residents say has been decaying for years without repairs.

The damages, issued Tuesday, come a week after the jury hit the mobile home park owners with a $5.5-million judgment for negligence and violations of the state’s mobile home residency laws, said Brian Kabateck, an attorney for the current and former residents.

The residents argued that the park was built on top of a former city landfill with shifting soil that led to various problems, including sewage backups, sinkholes, blackouts and structural damage to the mobile homes at the park, according to court documents.

The park continued to collect payments from residents who leased their spots at the park but never put the money toward repairs, Kabateck said.

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