A plaque honoring the six young lives that were lost when a balcony collapsed in downtown Berkeley in 2015 was unveiled Saturday in downtown Berkeley.
The families of those killed or injured in the 2015 balcony collapsed reached a legal settlement with the building's owner and the property manager.
New information released by the state shows how the Library Gardens balcony builders made deadly departures from the design specifications.
Some of the defendants in the lawsuits connected to the collapse have agreed to pay restitution to those killed or injured.
California has revoked the license of Segue Construction which oversaw construction of the building where a balcony sheared off June 16, 2015, killing six.
Library Gardens, the site of the 2015 fatal balcony collapse, has been rebranded as K Street Flats and repainted a bright blue.
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.
One year ago today, Berkeley woke up to the horrifying news that a balcony holding 13 people had sheared off the face of Library Gardens, an apartment building in downtown Berkeley, sending six people in their 20s to their deaths.
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 the contractors’ licenses.
Update: Berkeley mayor reacts to the DA’s decision — see foot of the story.
Inspections performed in Berkeley since last year’s deadly balcony collapse at Library Gardens found more than 400 buildings that needed work out of nearly 2,200 with weather-exposed elements, such as balconies, stairways, decks and landings, according to a city report released Wednesday afternoon.
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.
When the popular downtown Berkeley French-style café abruptly shut its doors, its loyal patrons were worried. But it's back, albeit in a slightly different form.