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Latest 20-day extension of injunction in the Memorial Stadium lawsuit continues prolongation of construction.

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As the Memorial Stadium lawsuit continues dragging its way through court, there's really not much left to say that hasn't already been said. It's disappointing that we have to repeat ourselves, but the delay in lifting the injunction last Thursday, preventing the university from beginning construction on the athletic center, warrants a review of what's at stake.

Let's start with the good news: We commend the city of Berkeley for refusing to join in on the appeals insanity, for recognizing that the revised building plans address the city council's concerns about safety.

Unfortunately, the bad overshadows the good. The rejection of the court's thoroughly considered ruling by both the California Oak Foundation and the Panoramic Hill Association demonstrates their contrived delusions. With Judge Barbara J. Miller unquestionably taking plenty of time to weigh all sides of the issue (even making a personal visit to the site) before delivering her decision, would an appeal turn out any differently?

And if the concern is actually about the trees, then the tree-sitters need to reevaluate their cause (and need to recognize that there are also better methods to raise awareness for the same issue). Protesting for the purpose of protecting trees entails more than just an isolated effort to save a few dozen in the grove. The tree-sitters should recognize that their impact is miniscule on the grand scale of arboreal issues; when compared to, say the fight against the rapid destruction of rainforests, their actions are laughable.

All parties involved in the tree-ring circus should abide by the court's final ruling. Meanwhile, the on-again, off-again injunction leaves the future of the athletic center in limbo, an issue we can only hope to be resolved by the start of the school year, before a more crowded campus and football games create a greater threat to safety for everyone.

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