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Judge Rules In Favor Of Eviction Lawsuit Against CHE Café at UCSD

Photo caption: The Ché Café Collective at the UC San Diego campus is pictured in this undate...

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The Ché Café Collective at the UC San Diego campus is pictured in this undated photo.

A judge ruled in favor of UC San Diego in its eviction lawsuit against the student-run CHE Café.

UCSD filed suit after the student collective refused to vacate the 1940s-era building on campus. University officials said the building needs $700,000 in repairs to stay open.

Superior Court Judge Katherine Bacal ruled in favor of UCSD after a bench trial.

"The university appreciates the court's decision today," UCSD spokesman Jeff Gattas said. "We are hopeful that we will have a smooth transition as we move forward. The university is committed to supporting UC San Diego's student organizations and providing a broad range of cultural and artistic events and activities on our campus."

CHE Café's attorney, Bryan Pease, told U-T San Diego that an appeal is being considered. The U-T said:

"In the meantime, he is hoping to reopen negotiations with the student body and university to either let the cafe stay or, should the cafe ultimately have to pack up, that it will be allowed to return in the future."

Much of the trial centered around a 2006 lease between UCSD and CHE Café Collective. CHE Café didn't renew in 2008 and had been operating on a month- to-month extension of the lease ever since.

The Graduate Students Association voted to decertify the cafe in June and asked the university to terminate the lease.

UCSD responded by sending the cafe a 30-day eviction notice.

Pease argued that the decertification vote was held without proper notice and done in the summer when few students were on campus.

The vegetarian restaurant and underground music venue was founded in 1980 as Cheap Healthy Eats. It has hosted hundreds of musical acts throughout the years, including Blink 182, Green Day, Billy Corgan, Pennywise, At the Drive-In, Album Leaf and Jimmy Eat World.

10News contributed to this report.

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