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Re: “Daily Planet Won't Run Letter Opposed to Editor's Cause, Reader Says

Thanks, Will, for this largely accurate report. Does your publication of Block's letter now absolve the Planet from having to waste the newsprint on it? In case anyone reads it here, I'll point out just one fudged fact. Block says "Most of the commissioners supported the resulting compromise Ordinance, including Carrie Olsen, an ardent preservationist not known for defending developers." True, but what he doesn't say is that the Berkeley Landmarks Commission was packed by the Mayor's team with supporters of the Bates/Capitelli ordinance right before it "voted to support" the new ordinance. That man of the people Max Anderson replaced Maudelle Shirek's flatlands appointee with the patrician Burton Edwards,an architect who lives in an architect-designed historic home in the Claremont District Uplands, and was prominently featured on the Chamber of Commerce PAC postcard barrage opposing the ordinance. Darryl Moore actually appointed the chair of the Chamber PAC, registered Republican and developer Miriam Ng, to the LPC. In view of the mega-bucks spent by the chamber to defeat it, Measure J, which was actually launched by a rump faction of the preservationist community and had no particular financial backing, did pretty well with 43% at last count. If the Bates/Capitelli ordinance isn't improved before it is passed, expect a better funded and organized referendum in the future.

Posted by Becky O'Malley on 11/08/2006 at 9:51 AM

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