CHINO HILLS - City officials have filed a temporary restraining order against the homeowners of a so-called maternity hotel operation.
The owners of the operation that were being conducted out of the residential home at 15250 Woodglen Drive have been ordered to be in court later this month.
The order prevents operators of Los Angeles Hermas, Inc., Hai Yong Wu and Yi Wang, from occupying the property. The order curtails them from performing any construction work at the house without first obtaining a permit from the city or operating it as a hotel in violation of the city's Municipal Code.
The temporary restraining order was filed with the West Valley Superior Court in Rancho Cucamonga on Dec. 27.
"To the best of our knowledge it is unoccupied right now," said Denise Cattern, city spokeswoman.
"We're not standing at the door, checking, but it does appear to be unoccupied."
San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Ben T. Kayashima ordered Wu and Wang to appear in the San Bernardino Superior Court on Jan. 17 to show cause on why a preliminary injunction should not be ordered barring them from the Woodglen Drive property pending a trial, according to a city news release.
"This is the first step in a legal process that we feel will permanently shut down the home as a hotel," Mayor Peter Rogers said.
"From the moment the city had confirmation this home was being occupied as a hotel, it was just a matter of following the code enforcement process to its ultimate conclusion. We are hopeful this matter will be legally concluding soon."
A public nuisance complaint was filed Dec. 7 with the court alleging the maternity hotel is being operated in the 7,964-square-foot house in violation of several code enforcement laws.
Through a court-ordered inspection in November, city officials discovered that the house has been used to house as many as 30 Chinese women here to have their children on American soil.
On Friday, a man who answered the phone of one of the three numbers listed outside of the property, refused to identify himself. He also said Wu and Wang are in China.
Among the violations cited by the city were illegally converting the seven bedroom and six 1/2-bathroom house into a 17-bedroom maternity hotel operation.
The inspection also revealed each room was furnished as a hotel room, with matching bedding and furniture, monogrammed towels and a portable hot water kettle.
Each room had its own key, thermostat and bathrobe, the complaint reads.
The inspection also revealed the home had no smoke or carbon monoxide alarms in any of the 17 bedrooms, two rooms lacked emergency escape windows and a secondary kitchen was found in a pantry area with unpermitted gas, plumbing and electrical connections.
"With the nuisance complaint already filed, we're headed to the court but with the temporary restraining order we wanted it so that all activity had to stop before the merits of our case is heard," Cattern said.
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