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News & Updates:
January 24, 2013: the Court of Appeal of the State of California granted UCLA’S latest request to delay the trial pending their appeal to the Hannah Carter family’s successful preliminary injunction.
November 27, 2012: Preservation Heatmap: LA’s 18 Most and Least Threatened Sites, Curbed National, #3: Hannah Carter Japanese Garden
November 13, 2012: UCLA and the Regents Denied a Stay of the Injunction on Selling the Japanese Garden, UCLA Faculty Association
July 3, 2012: 71% of those polled by the Daily Bruin think UCLA should find an alternative to selling the garden.
UCLA Daily Bruin poll
May 11, 2012: even UCLA Chancellor Gene Block is on the record that “[Hannah Carter's] legacy will live on through the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden, a beautiful reminder of her gracious and giving spirit.” See the Chancellor’s letter dated May 1, 2009.
May 7, 2012: Lawsuit filed to preserve Hannah Carter Japanese Garden. Related stories ran in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, May 10; Los Angeles Times, May 8; and many other media.
April 29, 2012: UCLA’s replies to letters to the Chancellor or Regents continue to reference the University’s op-ed in the Daily Bruin on February 8. But there are several misstatements in that opinion piece. For a fuller picture, read this rebuttal of Chancellor Block’s op-ed.
April 19, 2012: Please send personalized letters to each UC Regent. Tell them to put stopping the sale of the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden on the meeting agenda. Customize your own letter or work from a PDF sample letter to the UC Regents. Here’s a Word file of the same letter.
April 16, 2012: Coalition sent individual letters to each UC Regent asking them to put stopping the sale of the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden on the agenda of their next meeting. Here’s a generic version of the letter to the Regents.
April 12, 2012: Newly unearthed — A “Budget Toolbox Project Report” from a UCLA task force in 2009 sheds interesting light on the University’s classification of the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden as “surplus” property to be considered for disposition “as a potential building site” (page 28). That’s despite acknowledging the possibility of “some political ramifications.” Indeed!
Recent News Articles:
July 6, 2012: Judge Calls Regents “Duplicitous” in Hannah Carter Japanese Garden Affair, UCLA Faculty Association blog
July 6, 2012: Santa Monica Judge Delays Ruling on Fate of Hannah Carter Japanese Garden, Beverly Hills Courier
June 2012: UCLA Violates Regent’s Bequest and Endangers Rare Private Japanese Garden, The Cultural Landscape Foundation newsletter
UCLA extends bidding for Japanese garden in Bel-Air, Los Angeles Times, L.A. NOW, May 17, 2012
Winston Churchill on the Japanese Garden, UCLA Faculty Association, May 12, 2012
UCLA Donor’s Heirs Sue Over Plan to Sell Japanese Garden, Chronicle of Philanthropy, May 10, 2012
Gong Sounded in 2010, Beverly Hills Courier, May 4, 2012
UCLA Hannah Carter Japanese Garden for Sale with No Protection, Los Angeles Conservancy News, May-June edition, 2012
March 28 and 29, 2012: Four representatives of the Coalition to Save the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden—two members of Hannah Carter family and two representatives of groups in the Coalition—spoke out at the public hearing in San Francisco of the Board of Regents of the University of California. Click here to access a link to an audio of the testimony.