Berkeley City Council Debates Sit-Lie in Raucous Meeting
Berkeley residents may vote this November on a proposed ordinance that would put restrictions on the ability to sit and lie on city streets. City Council took steps to put the ordinance on the November ballot at a raucous council meeting June 12.
- A group of people on Telegraph Avenue, long a destination for travelers and transient people. Photo: Nancy Rubin/Berkeleyside
- You can learn more about the proposed ordinance in the articles linked at the bottom of this Storify. What follows are Tweets from those who attended the June 12 meeting, including The Daily Clog, a blog from the University of California at Berkeley's student newspaper.
- Before reading the Tweets, it might be helpful to familiarize yourself with the names of Berkeley city officials.
- — Oksana Yurovsky (@oyurovsky)Tue, Jun 12 2012 23:00:29The line at #berkmtg to speak abt sidewalks measure is huge. Councilmember Worthington proposed extending mtg to 1130pm 2 hear comments
- — The Daily Clog (@thedailyclog)Tue, Jun 12 2012 22:23:38#berkmtg the chaos over sit-lie begins. The Titanic that is the ordinance is under attack - children and elderly are first
- — Oksana Yurovsky (@oyurovsky)Tue, Jun 12 2012 22:21:31Little boy speaks against sit-lie:"If people don't have a placebo sit or something then it is very sad bc then they have to walk around"
- — The Daily Clog (@thedailyclog)Tue, Jun 12 2012 22:56:46#berkmtg Another song has erupted. The crowd joins in clapping. We motion for the Council meetings to all involve musical numbers. Seconds?
- — The Daily Clog (@thedailyclog)Tue, Jun 12 2012 23:07:04#berkmtg Anon: "Does Darth Vader know you stole his identity?" Now that he mentions it, BCC is as stone faced as the Jedi High Council
- — The Daily Clog (@thedailyclog)Tue, Jun 12 2012 23:53:29#berkmtg Berk loves its animals. A man in a cat suit said: "we NEED to sit". True, cats are a very sleepy species.
- — Lars Skjerping (@LarsSkjerping)Tue, Jun 12 2012 23:57:45
- — Oksana Yurovsky (@oyurovsky)Wed, Jun 13 2012 00:08:47#berkmtg Mayor Bates says the city provides more homeless services than any city around and is drowned out by the crowd of people in chamber
- — Oksana Yurovsky (@oyurovsky)Wed, Jun 13 2012 00:40:53#berkmtg quickly devolving. Anderson warns Bates not to use gavel on him, or else he will bring his own " you don't regulate what I say"
- — The Daily Clog (@thedailyclog)Wed, Jun 13 2012 00:20:55#berkmtg Anderson finishes a tirade against sit-lie by downing some apple juice. Fruit consumption is the best way to end a speech, indeed.
- — The Daily Clog (@thedailyclog)Wed, Jun 13 2012 00:25:07#berkmtg Worthington similarly condemns the measure. We suspect his energy must derive from his tie. It's a terribly intimidating tie.
- — The Daily Clog (@thedailyclog)Wed, Jun 13 2012 00:29:18#berkmtg Bates looks like he's about to throw a punch at Worthington. Ten member council is about to turn into an episode of Game of Thrones
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