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Re: “Kamala Harris, For Which People?

We should remember that she started her SF DA role in a corrupt and collusive office with three strikes against her: she was young, black and female. In that environment she needed to survive by gaining at least working relationships with her department, and some of the decisions that seemed to be hers alone were surely the result of internal pressures to fit in.

She's drifting down the presidential lists mostly because of high-level campaign decisions made by party-conditioned managers: trying to compete with the strengths of the other candidates on policy issues rather than building from her sympathetic life story."That little girl" was never given a chance to grow up.

But she'll come out fine. In 2021 she'll be in one of four positions: president, vice president, CA senator or US Attorney General (where she can pick over the bones of the former Trump administration). Still. only 54, she could still run for president in 2040 -- giving her plenty of time to gain experience and political gravitas.

Posted by Alan Tobey on 09/28/2019 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Breaking Bad

It's not that the zoo is run by "corporate types," it's the whole process by which public tax money is simply handed over to an unaccountable nonprofit board, which is not actually very constrained in how it can spend the dough. Glad to see A1 is failing in preliminary results at least.

11 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Alan Tobey on 11/07/2012 at 1:57 PM

Re: “What’s Up with SEIU and Berkeley’s Measure T?

Worth noting that all the comments trashing the story so far were from aging anti-development mavens Becky and Zelda, who have opposed everything in Berkeley involving actual new concrete for decades, and from their apparently captive valiant young champion councilmember, making for an odd-bedfellows coalition.

Where are the outraged ordinary citizens?

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Posted by Green Berkeley on 10/26/2012 at 6:06 PM

Re: “The Battle for Lawrence Berkeley Lab

The line suggesting that the future lab would need 46 acres of land is a bit misleading -- the 2 million square feet of built-out lab space would certainly be housed in multi-story buildings.

As a comparison that shows what's possible, a potential future highly-dense project being evolved for the West Berkeley industrial zone would build out around 700,000 square feet on just 5.5 acres (including lab space with 15-18 foot ceilings). So the actual land requirement for LBNL's plans could be as little as 16 acres, one reason why Berkeley and Emeryville think they can be competitive.

Posted by Green Berkeley on 03/03/2011 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Measure R Is About Climate Change

Arreguin's opposition to modern environmentalist and smart-growth policies in Berkeley -- including also his single-handedly dealing the death blow to the BRT transit-improvement project in Berkeley -- have gained him two amusing nicknames:

"Jesse No" for his anti-everything-green posture on the council;

"Jesse Arreguinejad" (after the Iranian president) for thinking that the populist adulation of Berkeley's most anti-modern-world activists proves he's a political hero.

Defeat of Measure R -- and a less-than-overwhelming council re-election result -- might be enough to make him think twice about running for mayor in 2012, as his fans are already urging.

Posted by Green Berkeley on 10/20/2010 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Berkeley's Wild Westside

Charming to see Oxford Street described as "UC Berkeley's western flank."

The traditional campus perhaps, and 30 years ago perhaps, but today UC-owned buildings extend through every block to the western side of Milvia (the Golden bear building). Not counting labs all the way west of San Pablo. And not a bad thing necessarily.

Pretending there's a firm boundary is just naive magical thinking. In fact there's only one Berkeley, with town and gown firmly merged. Time to get used to the thought.

Posted by Green Berkeley on 09/10/2010 at 10:20 PM

Re: “Berkeley Open Government Measure Gets Flak

The best sign that this attempt at needed more-open government in Berkeley has gone too far is that the local League of Women voters abandoned its participation well before the final version was crafted (by a self-selected citizens committee and not a formal taskforce) -- after, as one member put it, "tearing our hair out" over the direction the proposed ordinance was taking.

The problem is that the group has been dominated by a conservative minority faction that simply doesn't like what the City Council has been deciding -- especially on development and pro-transit issues -- and wants a "sunshine" ordinance to use as a political club. The resulting proposal simply makes it harder for the Council to get ANY business done, and enables anti-government zealots to sabotage the council with a flood of complaints that would be dealt with by a star-chamber style enforcement mechanism (which, for example, exempts itself from the meeting notice requirement it establishes for all other branches of city government).

Berkeley does need a functional sunshine ordinance -- but not this one. A proper ordinance would start from the premise that the city's indirect form of democracy needs to be improved, rather than the ability of right-wing "people's democracy" advocates to prevent efficient, open and transparent decision-making by well-informed elected officials.

Posted by Green Berkeley on 06/16/2010 at 10:04 AM

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