Arcata follows Berkley lead on war in Iraq

The Associated Press
Tuesday October 15, 2002

ARCATA — Officials planned a Town Hall meeting Tuesday to see how residents feel about a city proclamation opposing an attack on Iraq. 

City Council candidate David Meserve of the Redwood Peace and Justice Center raised the issue with the City Council last week. He told members the Veterans for Peace group will bring a proclamation to the council soon. 

The council said it would consider the proclamation, but only after a public hearing and debate. 

Berkeley, Santa Cruz and San Francisco have approved similar declarations. 

Arcata opposed the 1991 Gulf War and declared itself a sanctuary for draft and war resisters. That move was later rescinded after local criticism that the city didn’t get enough public input before voting.