We, citizens of Berkeley often complain of council actions but rarely about a lack of action. After seven closed sessions of council it was clear (for those of us who watch this sort of thing) that YOU would not vote to protect our community. This time, when the stakes are great, it is unbelievable that no action is being considered. Instead, you (staff and council) now are attempting to cover over the issue and institute some form of crisis controls by offering “grief counseling” to those of us who have participated by calling for a meeting today at 10:30 a.m.
Historically, (and especially in the last decade) council has failed to create an understanding or even a working relationship with UCB. There are many reasons for this. But today it is clear that in this election year and with a majority of council, including the Mayor looking for the November VOTES a lawsuit against U C B would simply be counterproductive. Now it has also become clear that this November, we, citizens of Berkeley need a NEW COUNCIL, not just one that talks, but a new council, not afraid to act.
L A Wood