The owner of the Fillmore apartment building that was condemned by city officials last month because of earthquake damage has filed a lawsuit charging that the Oct. 9 evacuation of the structure discriminated against the 100 mostly Latino residents who lived there.
In his lawsuit against the city, Eric Marsh, who purchased the 59-year-old Fillmore Hotel earlier this year, is seeking unspecified damages and a court order allowing him to reopen the building.
"We essentially had a labor camp in the middle of town, and the city didn't want a labor camp in the middle of town," Marsh said of his former low-income tenants, many of whom worked at Egg City in Moorpark. "The city used the earthquake as a ploy to evacuate the building."
Mayor Roger Campbell, who said he was advised by City Atty. Joseph Kern not to comment on the lawsuit, has maintained that the city acted properly in ordering the condemnation.