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Mayor Bates: sit-lie was “worst meeting ever.” Ordinance likely to pass?

Posted By Lynn Yu On Jul 16, 2012 @ 5:08 pm In News | Comments Disabled


Last week’s meeting over sit-lie [1], if you recall, was adjourned abruptly amid songs claiming “We Shall Not Be Moved.” Well all them folks were most certainly moved. Unwillingly and unceremoniously. And now they and Maaster Bates are both extremely pissed.

The Daily Cal [2] reports:

“According to [Jesse] Arreguin, Bates’ action could be considered a violation of California’s Brown Act — which requires public participation during local government meetings, such as a comment period prior to voting on an issue — because members of the public were denied their right to speak.

However, according to Bates, more than 80 people had already spoken during the public comment section when the meeting was interrupted by demonstrators singing “We Shall Not Be Moved” before the hearing was finished.

“It’s like the pot calling the kettle black,” Bates said. “They orchestrated and criticized us for something they did … It’s important in democracy to have order, but they prevented that.””

And then he went on to say: “Under the circumstances that were possible, the only appropriate thing was to do was what we did,” Bates said. “I don’t understand what they’re so afraid of. Let the people vote. The people should decide this issue.”

Hmm let’s think of what they’re afraid of — that this is gonna pass.

The Clog is going to interrupt this brief update and go Chris Matthews on y’all and do some hardcore political analysis. We are not going to reveal our stance on sit-lie, but we will tell you what we think in regards to Berkeley’s political climate and how likely it is for sit-lie to go through.

We believe, as of now, that this measure is most likely going to pass in Berkeley because of the following reasons (based on much scientific research and thought processing):

1. Small businesses are behind it. Small businessmen vote. Small businessmen will vote “yes”.

2. Homeless people are against it. Most homeless are not registered or can’t vote. The homeless population that can vote makes up a small percentage of Berkeley.

3. Some UC Berkeley students are against it. Most UC Berkeley students can’t vote in Berkeley since they are not registered in the area, and thus, can’t vote on the issue.

4. Some UC Berkeley students are freshmen. Freshmen may get registered to vote in Berkeley this fall. Freshmen typically are less accepting and less open to homelessness.

5. Many Berkeley community members are for it. You know, the ones you don’t see at the meetings and have kids and think from a parents’ point of view. And they’ll vote too.

It’ll be an uphill battle, but right now, the Clog is predicting that it passes. Unless of course, the community is able to organize a well-orchestrated and well-thought out campaign against it, in which case the tide may turn against the sit-lie ordinance.

Back to the meeting: Bates also mentioned that “This was the worst council meeting I’ve ever seen.” Really Tom? If you thought this was bad, you’re gonna have to put up with a lot more chaos before this issue is over.

What about you, Berkeley citizens? Pass or no pass? Comment below.

Image source: Lynn Yu, Daily Cal

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URLs in this post:

[1] Last week’s meeting over sit-lie: http://clog.dailycal.org/2012/07/11/berkeley-city-council-turns-into-glee-episode-over-sit-lie/

[2] Daily Cal: http://www.dailycal.org/2012/07/13/mayor-bates-faces-criticism-for-sit-lie-measure-vote/#dsq-reply

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