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Posted inCity, Community, Crime & Safety

State files legal action against Library Gardens contractor

A state agency is seeking to revoke the license of the construction company that built Library Gardens, where a fifth-floor balcony sheared off on June 16, 2015, sending six young people to their deaths and seriously injuring seven others. The California Contractors State License Board filed a formal accusation Tuesday against Segue Construction stating that […]

Posted inCrime & Safety, Housing & Development

Five contractors face possible license revocation in balcony collapse review

An investigation by the California State License Board (CSLB) has found five contractors involved in the Library Gardens balcony collapse were in “probable violation of law.” The CSLB reports its investigation to the state Attorney General’s office to determine whether to bring a case in administrative court, which could lead to suspension or revocation of […]

Posted inCrime & Safety, Housing & Development, Opinion

Op-ed: Library Gardens before and after the tragedy

In 2009, moving to Library Gardens seemed like a dream come true. It’s within walking distance to transportation, restaurants, movie theatres, schools, colleges, workout facilities, the library and city offices, not to mention its scenic downtown Berkeley views. However, our dream dwelling gave way to nightmarish undertones fairly quickly. Initially, we felt like royalty while […]

Posted inCity, Community, Crime, Crime & Safety

Library Gardens builder seeks to stop DA from examining Berkeley balcony without it being present

Segue Construction, the company that oversaw the building of Library Gardens, scene of an accident that killed six earlier this month, plans to ask a judge today to prohibit the Alameda County district attorney’s office from examining the balcony that sheared off the fifth floor June 16 unless one of its representatives is present. In a […]

Posted inCity, Community, Crime & Safety, Housing & Development

No ‘smoking gun’ in Berkeley balcony design

City of Berkeley officials on Thursday released the architectural and structural renderings used to construct Library Gardens at 2020 Kittredge St., and there was no “smoking gun” that revealed a design flaw that might have led to Tuesday’s balcony collapse that killed six people and injured seven others. The design for the balconies and their […]

Posted inCommunity, Crime & Safety, Fire

City posts documents from balcony collapse property

By Emilie Raguso and Frances Dinkelspiel Two days after a deadly balcony collapse in downtown Berkeley killed six and injured seven others, city officials have released a slew of planning documents related to the apartment complex where the tragedy took place. The city of Berkeley has been doing its own investigation into what went wrong […]

Posted inCommunity, Crime & Safety, Fire, Housing & Development

Firm that built Berkeley complex has been fined, sued

In a series of stories, Berkeleyside examines the building where six people died and seven were seriously injured Tuesday after a balcony collapsed. Part 1 looks at a history of complaints by residents, Part 2 examines potential issues surrounding the balcony construction, and Part 3, below, looks at some of the issues faced by the company that built the […]