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It's been tough going for the Fairmont Hotel owners trying to gain support for their condo project, from criticism over the architectural changes to the potential loss of the Tonga Room. The hotel's development consultant went up to bat for the controversial condo conversation, saying the new design "speaks to today, but it's compatible with? the neighborhood." What of the Tonga Room, does that speak to today? The Fairmont doesn't think so, but while the contents of the place might be protected by California historic preservation law, it turns out they don't actually have to be used at all: the law requires that the stuff be moved, salvaged and reused or placed in "climate-controlled storage." [the Examiner]

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