UCLA extends bidding for Japanese garden in Bel-Air
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Thursday declined to grant an emergency request to block UCLA's sale of its Hannah Carter Japanese Garden in Bel-Air. But opponents of the sale say they plan to continue to press to have their case resolved by a court after a full hearing.
"It's not a done deal," said John Walton, an attorney for Carter's children, who filed suit seeking to stop the sale.
Meanwhile, UCLA said it would extend the period during which prospective buyers could submit bids to allow time for the university to resolve the legal issues with Carter's heirs.
University of California officials had planned to open sealed bids for the garden and a residence on an adjacent lot on May 23. UCLA officials said the bidding process will now be extended until Aug. 15.
"Even though we are confident that all appropriate steps have been followed and that the meritless lawsuit will be dismissed, it is important that we minimize any legal impediments before we complete the bidding and sale process," UCLA Administrative Vice Chancellor Jack Powazek said in a statement.
In September 2010, an Alameda County Superior Court judge approved UCLA's request to sell the garden, which the university had purchased in 1964 with funds from UC Regent Edward Carter.
-- Martha Groves
Photo: Bel-Air resident Michael Rich takes in the beauty of the UCLA Hannah Carter Japanese Garden. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times