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University of California officials are considering moving the headquarters of the statewide system out of Berkeley, where the offices have been located since UC’s founding in 1868. “It hasn’t gone to the regents yet, but it’s safe to say we’re seriously considering the move,” UC spokesman Ron Kolb said. Kolb said UC President David Gardner’s office has held “informal discussions” with developers and officials in Oakland, Emeryville and Alameda about building a 300,000-square-foot office building and relocating 1,350 employees. " . . . I expect it will go to the regents this year, probably in the fall,” Kolb said. Gardner has complained for years that the system has outgrown its seven-story University Hall headquarters. The hall has been the site of recent student demonstrations, but university officials said space restrictions are behind the possible move. “It’s just too crowded,” Kolb said. “We’re not attempting to escape the protesters. If we move, they would probably just follow.”


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