Beginning of the End?

Posted by: Avinash on Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

reportertreesWhile the slow, slowwww judicial process of stadium renovation continues, at least the disgusting sideshow seems to be dying down. Unfortunately, the pain itself is not completely over.

In what they said was an effort to clean up, police officials began removing some of the tree-sitters’ belongings from the Oak Grove at Memorial Stadium this morning.

At 6 a.m., a tree climber began removing equipment left in the trees by protesters.

About 30 tree-sit supporters had congregated in the area as of 8 a.m.

Despite rumors, a police official said there are no plan to remove the protesters today, only their excess belongings.

So basically the treesitters are down to ropes and platforms. We can rename it the treehouse protest, methinks. Certainly would sound a lot less formal and gratuitous, and the Berkeley police could just say it was just kids up there playing tricks on them.

Naturally, I expect this farce to go on as long as the lawyers of the Berkeley City Council twiddle their thumbs in court. Until the UC knows for certain they have precedence to start the renovation process, Cal fans will have to deal with the shameful remnants of this city’s ignominious past.

There is an excessive amount of bureaucratic waste in this city that smells just as bad as the feces those cops had to dig out of the area. And they’re probably going to have to do it again in three months when the judge will likely delay judgment.

Any thoughts on when and how the treesitters might be forced to leave?

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