News in Brief

Committee Strikes Down Bill Penalizing Berkeley

  • Printer Friendly Printer Friendly
  • Comments Comments (0)

Legislation that would have withheld funds from Berkeley failed to make it to the floor of the California State Assembly yesterday.

The bill, introduced by Assemblymember Guy Houston, R-San Ramon, was one vote short of the eight it needed to pass the Assembly Committee on Transportation. Six committee members voted against it and two abstained.

The bill would have withheld $3.3 million in funds for Berkeley roads.

Houston introduced the bill on Feb. 22 in response to a City Council resolution calling Marine Corps recruiters "uninvited and unwelcome intruders."

The council also reserved a weekly parking space in front of the Marine recruitment center in Downtown Berkeley for anti-war group Code Pink, which has been protesting the center since last fall.

Despite the council's Feb. 13 vote to rescind its statement to the Marines, Houston's bill still asked that funding be withheld until Code Pink's parking permit was also revoked by the council.

The bill did not remove funding for public transportation and would not affect regional transportation routes but rather "focused on impacting the city," the bill stated.

The Marine controversy has also provoked responses in the federal government. Two companion bills were introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to strip Berkeley of over $2 million in earmarks.

The Senate bill, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., was defeated on March 13. The bill introduced by U.S. Rep. John Campbell, R-Newport Beach, has not gone to a vote yet.

-Kate Sturla


Comments (0) »

Comment Policy
The Daily Cal encourages readers to voice their opinions respectfully in regards to both the readers and writers of The Daily Californian. Comments are not pre-moderated, but may be removed if deemed to be in violation of this policy. Comments should remain on topic, concerning the article or blog post to which they are connected. Brevity is encouraged. Posting under a pseudonym is discouraged, but permitted. Click here to read the full comment policy.
White space
Left Arrow
Image Student regent resigns after sex crime allegations
Jesse Cheng officially announced his resignation from his positio...Read More»
Image Pet shop may occupy planned Goodwill
After failed negotiations with the landlord and resistance from the busines...Read More»
Image Campus graduate takes new first steps
UC Berkeley's graduation day this year was symbolic for graduate Austin Whi...Read More»
Image Regents rescind part of approval
The ongoing legal battle surrounding revisions to the building plans for th...Read More»
Image UC spared additional cuts in budget revision
While the University of California escaped further funding reductions M...Read More»
Image UC Board of Regents wary of unreliable state funds
SAN FRANCISCO - Following the release of Gov. Jerry Brown's revis...Read More»
Right Arrow

Job Postings

White Space