SAN FRANCISCO (AP)— A San Francisco judge has issued a preliminary ruling that would allow the sale of 11 state properties to go through.

Superior Court Judge Charlotte Woolard on Friday denied a request for a preliminary injunction to stop the sale. The request was part of a lawsuit filed by two former Los Angeles building authority members, Jerry Epstein and A. Redmond Doms.

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Woolard said Epstein and Doms lacked the standing to bring the case and failed to demonstrate their contention that taxpayer funds were being wasted.

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The state is selling the buildings for $2.3 billion to California First LLC, a consortium of investors led by a Texas real estate firm and a private equity firm based in Irvine.

The sale is expected to be completed by the end of the year and generate more than $1.2 billion for the state’s general fund.

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