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Lt. Governor Speaks Against Sale of Japanese Garden

Newsom writes letter to UCLA Chancellor Gene Block to voice his concerns.

California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom has joined in the chorus of supporters in favor of preserving the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden and recently wrote a letter to UCLA Chancellor Gene Block expressing his support.

Newsom stated he believes “preserving the Hanna(h) Carter Japanese Garden will prove to be a long-term benefit to the University and the State,” he said in the letter.

“I hope that you will consider alternative ways to raise funds for the University while preserving public access and use of” the garden, the letter stated.

Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz has also spoken out in the past against UCLA’s plans to sell the property.

“We’re appreciative of the Lieutenant Governor joining in with Councilman Koretz and others who have been greatly concerned about the threatened sale,” Councilman Koretz’s spokesman Paul Michael Neuman said Friday.

Koretz’s office also expects Newsom’s “views will be treated with significant gravity,” Neuman said.

The Garden Conservancy and the Los Angeles Conservancy have expressed their disapproval in the past with the planned sale as well.

The family of Hannah Carter in May to try to stop the sale of the home and the garden. The property has been listed .

A hearing on a preliminary injunction to block the sale of the garden pending trial is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Friday in Santa Monica Superior Court, according to Walter Moore, who is representing the plaintiffs.

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