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Battle To Save Willow Glen Trestle Returns To Courtroom

A group of residents fighting to save the Willow Glen Trestle from demolition returned last week for another round in court against the city of San Jose.

Friends of the Willow Glen Trestle and their attorney appeared at the Santa Clara Superior Court on Feb. 3 to argue there is substantial evidence the old bridge is historic and should therefore remain standing.

“The sole question on remand is whether the trestle qualifies as historic when the substantial evidence standard is applied to the city’s contrary determination,” Friends member Larry Ames said in a written statement for the hearing before Judge Helen Williams.

The ongoing legal battle began in 2014 when the Friends group filed a petition challenging the city’s decision to remove the old wooden railroad bridge and replace it with a new $1 million steel bridge. Because an initial city document stated the trestle was not historic, the San Jose City Council voted to remove it without doing an environmental impact report. But the Friends group argued that the report needed to be done because there was evidence to support the trestle’s historic status.

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