Berkeley mayor hopes to cut builders'...

Berkeley mayor hopes to cut builders' red tape

There are 1 comment on the SFGate story from Feb 21, 2010, titled Berkeley mayor hopes to cut builders' red tape. In it, SFGate reports that:

How do you persuade developers to hire local workers, pay fair wages and build ecofriendly structures with housing for the poor in downtown Berkeley? The mayor proposes giving them a carrot that's particularly enticing in Berkeley: shortcuts through the city's notorious red tape.

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Megan C Timberlake

Orinda, CA

#1 Feb 21, 2010
Anyone remember we used to call young boys not "Mr." but "Master"? Tom Bates, Mayor of Berkeley, is so immature & self-aggrandizing that we should all hope, "Master Bates won't get off in Berkeley!" He & most of City Council are undermining property rights, while only pretending to be "eco-friendly." They're turning Berkeley into just another condo mill - blocks of big, cookie-cutter, generic, high-end, high-density, short-term homes for rich students & researchers to pay a lot and then move on. Berkeley is losing all trace of its inclusive, hip, cutting-edge, critical-thinking, multi-cultural, creative, aware, ecological, caring, crafts-proud history AND people. The canaries in the coal mines are numerous: Urban Ore is under attack; small-scale private home-owners, a woman who converts classic cars to bio-diesel; a non-profit devoted to saving world water, and so on. They're all small, unsung heroes, vulnerable, and thus merely "them." But as we should all remember from 1930s Europe, "first they came for the intellectuals, then the students, then the artists, then the gays, then the sick, then the foreigners, then the Jews -- and I never spoke up, because I wasn't any of them. Then they came for ME, & no one was left to speak up for me..." (to paraphrase) SO, BERKELEY HOMEOWNERS: YOU'RE UNDER ATTACK IN THE NAME OF "GREEN." Protest while you can; reclaim your unique city.

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