Wednesday, May 27

UCLA Foundation reaches settlement with former employee

Roselle Kipp, a former UCLA employee, was recently evicted by the UCLA Foundation from a boarding house owned by the organization. Agnijita Kumar / Daily Bruin

A former UCLA employee reached an undisclosed settlement agreement with the UCLA Foundation Monday morning, the culmination of an eviction lawsuit brought forward by the university.

In late October, the UCLA Foundation served Roselle Kipp with a lawsuit asking the court to evict Kipp from the boarding house that the UCLA Foundation owned, said Magda Madrigal, Kipp’s attorney.

The UCLA Foundation assumed control over the property after the owner, Jorge Estrada, died in December of last year and bequeathed it to the foundation in a trust deed, Madrigal said.

Estrada operated the property as a boarding house enabling tenants – namely UCLA students and employees – to stay there in exchange for performing chores and paying a subsidized rent fee. Kipp, the sole remaining tenant, began living at the residence, located near UCLA’s North Campus, in 2002 after she started working as a secretary at the University Catholic Center.

Previously Kipp worked as the management services officer for the UCLA American Indian Studies Center.

On Monday, during a recommended negotiations session, the attorney for the UCLA Foundation, Stephen Grayson, and Madrigal, came to an agreement.

The judge then approved the agreement and refused to reveal any of the terms of the agreement set by the attorneys.

“Both sides are happy that they were able to reach the agreement that they did reach,” Grayson said.

Kipp expressed her satisfaction with the settlement’s decision after the trial, though Madrigal or Kipp could not reveal whether she would continue living there.

Compiled by Janet Nguyen, Bruin contributor.

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