Court Rules for UC on People's Park Case

The University of California has won two major rulings in Alameda County Superior Court that permanently prohibit the People's Park Defense Union and four named defendants from committing violent and destructive acts at People's Park.

Officials at Berkeley say they are hopeful the ruling will serve as a lasting tool to ensure People's Park can be a place that students, families and neighborhood residents can enjoy.

The action was initiated by UC in January 1992 in response to six months of continuing vandalism and harassment at the park, which is owned by the University of California.

Judge James Lambden issued his summary rulings Dec. 2 and Dec. 8. In his rulings, he determined that UC. was entitled to judgment in its favor on all causes of action against the People's Park Defense Union and four individual defendants, Carol Denney, Guy Michael Lee, David Nadel and Robert Sparks.

The judge granted UC's request for a permanent injunction to halt the defendants and anyone in concert with them from engaging in acts of vandalism, physical violence or intimidation on UC property or against UC employees, students or visitors. The permanent order follows a preliminary injunction issued in March 1992.

The University of California has accepted the permanent injunction as its full remedy, waiving its claims for monetary damages and its right to reimbursement of court costs.

"We are pleased the court has provided us with a lasting deterrent against destructive and violent acts at People's Park," said Lana Buffington, acting director of Community Affairs at Berkeley.


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