Judge: UC Training Center Must Stop

An Alameda County judge ruled that UC Berkeley cannot proceed with construction of the controversial sports training center near Memorial Stadium, prompting cheers from supporters of the adjacent oak grove, which was slated for demolition. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Judge Barbara Miller ordered Cal officials not to build the center until they can convince the court that construction will not violate state law. The law in question is a little tricky; it prohibits any additions or alterations of government buildings on major fault lines if these changes exceed half the value of the existing building. Of course, that’s not what’s really at issue here; rather, critics are upset that construction would wipe out the oak grove and add more parking and traffic to nearby congested, narrow streets. But that’s the leverage the city, neighbors, and environmentalists had, so they went with it.

Support the East Bay Express, local news, donate
18,656FansLike
0FollowersFollow
67,429FollowersFollow

Newsletter sign-up

eLert sign-up

Oakland
clear sky
50.3 ° F
54 °
46.4 °
93 %
0.7mph
1 %
Sun
75 °
Mon
68 °
Tue
65 °
Wed
62 °
Thu
67 °