Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Berkeley's Downtown Plan Appears Headed for Ballot

By Robert Gammon
Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Opponents of Berkeley's new downtown plan, which would bring in more residents and help the city meets its climate-change goals, have gathered about 9,200 signatures - far more than the 5,558 needed to put the issue on the ballot, the Berkeley Daily Planet reported. The county Registrar of Voters will examine the signatures to ensure that enough of them are valid. The signature-gathering campaign was spearheaded by Berkeley councilmembers Kriss Worthington and Jesse Arreguin, who voted against the downtown plan when it was before the council and came out on the losing end of a 7-2 vote. Now it appears it will be up to Berkeley voters decide the fate of the downtown plan, and it'll be interesting to see whether NIMBYism defeats environmentalism and whether residents can see through opponents' attempts to wrap themselves in green.

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