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  •  Same thing's happening in Berkeley, less the (4+ / 0-)
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    glorious scenery.

    But it's the same idea: big money developers, welcomed by the 1%-loving city government, ride roughshod over agreements that have been in place and successful for decades, and are still working well.

    From outside, I know Berkeley looks like a progressive haven - Elizabeth Warren even came and partied with the developer-loving 1%-enablers here (it's ok - I don't care where she got the money to win) - but being a citizen trying to fight such a battle when most people make the knee-jerk assumption "Berkeley=good politics" is really an uphill battle.

    We did have one success, when the city chickened out about making an actual decision and instead put the major development proposal (= major wealth transfer from working people to big money people) on the ballot. Thought the voters would be behind it b/c most Berkeley people are as low-information about their city govt as outsiders are. However, mostly thanks to one person focusing the energy, the measure was defeated - by very few votes.

    Berkeley is not very big, and there are places voters go where information can be transmitted - farmers' markets, for example. We already had several citizens' organizations in place, and put in a lot of miles handing out informational flyers door-to-door. We had architects who drew the buildings potentially allowed by the odious law. When it came down to it, "views of the Bay will be obstructed" helped get a lot of people's attention.

    I wish I could be more encouraging, but fighting big money, especially when that big money promises to pay big taxes to local govt in the future, is a major, prolonged, uphill, very frustrating battle. I do wish you enormous good luck. Fighting for a generally acknowledged beautiful bit of scenery might just be possible.

    We all understand that freedom isn't free. What Romney and Ryan don't understand is that neither is opportunity. We have to invest in it.
    Julian Castro, DNC 4 Sept 2012

    by pixxer on Sat Jun 29, 2013 at 10:25:07 PM PDT

    •  The moral high ground? (1+ / 0-)
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      (it's ok - I don't care where she got the money to win)
      •  If I thought EW would be owned by people (0+ / 0-)

        who gave her money, I wouldn't say that, but my impression is that she is not one who will be bought by anyone, ever. I expect those Berkeley people probably look like good liberals to most people outside of northern California. She and her staff didn't really have time to scrutinize the details of what they're up to. Woa, democrats want to host us a fundraising party. Cool.

        We all understand that freedom isn't free. What Romney and Ryan don't understand is that neither is opportunity. We have to invest in it.
        Julian Castro, DNC 4 Sept 2012

        by pixxer on Sat Jun 29, 2013 at 11:05:50 PM PDT

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