Lee Heidhues 2.27.2023
The howling and whining from government officials and bureaucrats is all too predictable.
The California Court of Appeals has stopped UC Berkeley’s plan to build student in historic People’s Park.
May 15, 1969 – 1969 People’s Park protest
Governor Ronald Reagan, who had been publicly critical of university administrators for tolerating student demonstrations at the Berkeley campus, sent California Highway Patrol and Berkeley police officers into People’s Park on May 15, 1969, at 4:30 a.m. The action came at the request of Berkeley’s mayor, Wallace J.S. Johnson. Beginning at noon about 3,000 people appeared in Sproul Plaza at nearby UC Berkeley for a rally, the original purpose of which was to discuss the Arab–Israeli conflict. The crowd later moved down Telegraph Avenue toward People’s Park. Reagan’s chief of staff, Edwin Meese III, assumed responsibility for the governmental response to the People’s Park protest, and he called in the Alameda County Sheriff‘s deputies, which brought the total police presence to 791 officers from various jurisdictions.
James Rector was visiting friends in Berkeley and watching from the roof of Granma Books when he was shot by police; he died on May 19. A carpenter, Alan Blanchard, was permanently blinded by a load of birdshot directly to his face. At least 128 Berkeley residents were admitted to local hospitals for head trauma, shotgun wounds, and other serious injuries inflicted by police. One local hospital reported two students wounded with large caliber rifles as well.[News reports at the time of the shooting stated that 50 people were injured, including five police officers. Some local hospital logs indicate that 19 police officers or Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies were treated for minor injuries; none were hospitalized. However, the UCPD states that 111 police officers were injured, including one California Highway Patrol Officer, Albert Bradley, who was knifed in the chest.
That evening, Governor Reagan declared a state of emergency in Berkeley and sent in 2,700 National Guard troops. For two weeks, the streets of Berkeley were patrolled by National Guardsmen. Demonstrations continued for several days after Bloody Thursday. By May 26, the city-wide curfew and ban on gatherings had been lifted, although 200 members of the National Guard remained to guard the fenced-off park. On May 30, 1969, 30,000 Berkeley citizens (out of a population of 100,000) secured a city permit and marched without incident past the barricaded People’s Park to protest Governor Reagan’s occupation of their city and the casualties. Nevertheless, over the next few weeks National Guard troops broke up any assemblies of more than four people who congregated for any purpose on the streets of Berkeley, day or night. In the early summer, troops deployed in downtown Berkeley surrounded several thousand protesters and bystanders, emptying businesses, restaurants, and retail outlets of their owners and customers, and arresting them en masse.
Excerpt from Wikipedia.
Senator Scott Wiener, the lapdog and shill for realtors and speculators spouted off his outrage. He got it right by half when he said the Court ruling, “introduces the idea that people are pollution.“
Yes, Senator. “People are pollution” because they cause pollution.
Excerpted from The Standard 2.27.2023
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said he’ll work this year to reform a landmark state environmental law that he says has been weaponized by wealthy homeowners to block badly needed housing for students at the University of California Berkeley.
The 1st District Court of Appeals’ ruling Friday could delay the building of a complex at Berkeley’s historic People’s Park, which is owned by the University of California Berkeley, for years or even decades, Newsom said.
State Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat from San Francisco, said the appeals court ruling was “horrific” and would have major implications for housing in California because it classifies noise from people as an environmental impact.
“It introduces the idea that people are pollution,” Wiener said.
The project has faced opposition since its inception and last year two local organizations, Make UC a Good Neighbor and The People’s Park Historic District Advocacy Group, filed a lawsuit against it, citing the CEQA law and saying the university’s environmental impact report had not considered the housing complex would bring more noise to the area.
Newsom’s comments over the weekend followed a state appeals court ruling that found the University of California “failed to assess potential noise impacts from loud student parties in residential neighborhoods near the campus” as required by the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, when it planned new housing near the university.
The housing complex would accommodate about 1,100 UC Berkeley students and 125 formerly homeless people. Part of the park would be set aside to commemorate its significance in the civil rights movement, university officials have said.
University officials said in a statement Monday they were dismayed by the decision and planned to file an appeal with the California Supreme Court, adding that their commitment to building the People’s Park project “is unwavering.”
The university called the appeals court decision “unprecedented and dangerous” because it could prevent colleges and universities across California from building student housing.
The landmark 1970 environmental law requires state and local agencies to evaluate and disclose significant environmental effects of projects and to find ways to lessen those effects. But in the decades since its passage, critics say the environmental law has been used by opponents of development to block housing and public transit projects.
Newsom said in a statement posted on Twitter the law “is clearly broken.”
“This law needs to change, and I’m committed to working with lawmakers this year to making more changes so our state can build the housing we desperately need,” he added.