Wednesday, June 18, 2008

KPIX: Judge's Ruling Preserves Cal Oak Grove For Now


An Alameda County Superior court judge ruled late Wednesday that an oak tree grove on the University of California, Berkeley campus is not to be touched for now to make room for a new athletic facility.


Judge Barbara Miller kept a temporary injunction in place to preserve the trees near Memorial Stadium. Her ruling said UC Berkeley failed to follow laws and procedures with regarding to developing the land for a $125 million sports training center.


The 44 trees have been home to protestors for a year and a half. Those so-called tree sitters have had a tense standoff with police who have removed ropes, lines and supplies that the protestors had placed in the grove.


By Wednesday afternoon, most of the protesters' ropes were gone, and one of two large platforms were taken down.


The city of Berkeley, a nonprofit tree group and stadium neighbors had sued the university to stop the project. They claim the site is unsafe for construction because of the nearby Hayward earthquake fault.

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