Authorities on Wednesday removed a dozen homeless people from an encampment on a stretch of Los Angeles County land near the Hollywood Bowl after residents complained that the homeless had been using their swimming pools and starting fires.
Mandy Zari, who has lived in a gated community next to the encampment for six years, said the homeless use a path that connects the community to the Hollywood Bowl to enter the neighborhood.
The path is accessible from the hills where the encampment is located.
Zari said the homeless use the community's pool and showers, leaving dirty clothes and garbage behind.
But the bigger problem is the possibility that someone will ignite a large fire, she said.
"It's a big hazard," Zari said. "They can burn the whole mountain down. They move them and they come back. It's not the first time."
Another resident, who declined to be identified, said she has called the Los Angeles County Fire Department several times over the years, usually because of worries that someone would accidentally ignite a brush fire.