October 2, 2015
Wonderful news! After three and a half years of litigation with Hannah Carter’s children, UCLA and the UC Regents have settled the lawsuit about the preservation of the garden. They agreed to sell the adjacent home and the garden as a package and to require the buyer (and subsequent owners) to maintain it for at least 30 years.
Now it will be up to the community to encourage the new owner to extend the protection of this unique Los Angeles treasure for more than 30 years and to find a way to grant public access.
TO KEEP ABREAST of future developments:
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Milestones of the Save the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden campaign, 2012-13:
For press articles and other media coverage, please see the “Press
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. Hearing was held on August 28, 2013; read Fate of Bel-Air’s Hannah Carter Garden Still Up in the Air, Beverly Hills Courier
July 27, 2012: UCLA’s official statement regarding Japanese garden lawsuit, UCLA Newsroom
July 3: 71% of those polled by the Daily Bruin think UCLA should find an alternative to selling the garden. UCLA Daily Bruin poll
May 11: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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!