Families displaced from California neighborhood seek $2B

Julianne Malveaux, an economist, author, and dean of the College of Ethnic Studies at California State University, Los Angeles, right, addresses, survivors and descendants of Section 14 gathered Sunday at the United Methodist Church in Palm Springs, Calif. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Areva Martin, civil rights attorney, addresses Palm Springs Section 14 survivors and descendants at the United Methodist Church in Palm Springs, Calif., Sunday, April 16, 2023. Black and Latino Californians who were displaced from their Section 14 neighborhood in Palm Springs allege the city pushed them out by hiring contractors to destroy homes in an area that was tight-knit and full of diversity. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — As a child, Lawrance W. McFarland lived on a small piece of land on a Native American reservation in Palm Springs he described as a “little world of its own,” surrounded by the parts of the city that were tourist magnets and depicted in movies.