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July 30, 2012

Judge Blocks Sale of Japanese Garden Given to UCLA

A judge issued a preliminary injunction Friday temporarily blocking plans by the University of California at Los Angeles to sell an estate and garden donated to the university in 1964, the Los Angeles Times writes.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Lisa Hart Cole noted that University of California officials agreed to maintain the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden permanently in contracts related to the 1964 donation of the Bel-Air property by former regent Edward W. Carter and his wife, Hannah Locke Carter.

The late Ms. Carter's heirs filed a donor-intent suit in May seeking to block the sale, which UCLA sought and secured legal permission to pursue in 2010.

The university said it would postpone the scheduled August opening of sealed bids for the two-acre property, which also includes a Georgian Colonial mansion. UCLA set a minimum combined price of $14.7-million for the house and garden and says it would use the proceeds to support its endowment and professorships.