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Berkeley’s City Council - is this what you’d accept from yours?
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, April 03, 2008

I don't know about you, but if my city council was doing this, I'd be more than a little irritated that my taxes were being used by local government to pursue an agenda over which it has no authority and no impact:
Berkeley is finding that having its own foreign policy isn't cheap. The city's recent dustup with the U.S. Marine Corps has so far cost the city more than $200,000, while businesses say they've been slammed by related protests.

And that's on top of the $1 million the city spends annually on domestic and foreign policy matters hatched by its 45 citizen commissions, which outnumber those in virtually every other city in America and debate everything from regime change in Iran to the plight of nonneutered dogs.

"We in Berkeley have one of the top universities in the world, which brings in people from more than 100 countries. Delving into foreign policy is unavoidable," said Mike Sherman, a longtime member of the Peace and Justice Commission, which sparked an uproar two months ago with its resolution telling the Marine Corps that its recruiting center was not welcome in the city.
Why is a city sponsoring these committees at taxpayer expense? There's nothing else for which that money is more badly needed? The roads are perfect, the police are properly staffed, trained and equipped? The fire department has all it needs in terms of assets and firefighters? The city's administration is perfect and has no needs?
"I think it's out of hand," Wozniak said of Berkeley's commissions, most of which meet monthly and have two or three subcommittees that also meet regularly. "When we spend a lot of time debating things like the Marines issue, we're not spending time on the serious problems in this city, like fire station closures. It's easier to tackle international issues than deal with messy local problems."
Ya think? And as a result of these sorts of frivolous expenditures can you guess what else is happening?
Additional costs include city staff time to handle permits, the media, security and the thousands of e-mails that have intermittently crashed the city's computer server. In addition, businesses around the recruiting station have been hurt by the protests, and at least four hotels and a handful of restaurants have reported cancellations as a result of the boycott.

"The city is raising business fees and parking meter rates at the same time they're spending all this money on international issues and handling protests. It doesn't make sense, in these difficult economic times," said Ted Garrett, director of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce. "We're very concerned about the effect this is having on business."
I have to tell you, given the above, if I lived there, I'd most likely be heavily involved in a recall petition drive. It would be difficult to find a better example of wasteful government involved in activity inappropriate and unrelated to its primary job than Berkeley.

Unless, of course, you'd like to focus on the federal government instead.
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At least Berkeley’s foreign policy escapades are so much more humorous than Chicago’s (my current home) straight-forward patronage and corruption problems.
 
Written By: Greg
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Peace and Justice Commission
Seriously....

Wow, it must take a lot of guts to be on a commission for things that so many people are against, like Peace, and Justice.
 
Written By: looker
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We in Berkeley have one of the top universities in the world,
And yet, you’re run by morons.
 
Written By: ck
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"We in Berkeley have one of the top universities in the world, which brings in people from more than 100 countries. Delving into foreign policy is unavoidable."

This is a breathtakingly moronic statement. There are plenty of top universities in municipalities throughout the country that have governments that are not inclined to expound on foreign policy the way the self-serving clowns from Berkeley do. Who does he think he’s kidding?
I have to tell you, given the above, if I lived there, I’d most likely be heavily involved in a recall petition drive. It would be difficult to find a better example of wasteful government involved in activity inappropriate and unrelated to its primary job than Berekely.
The difference is that you’re dealing with a bunch of people who believe in the proliferation of wasteful government. That’s why they elect these jackasses in the first place.

 
Written By: the wolf
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At least Berkeley’s foreign policy escapades are so much more humorous than Chicago’s (my current home) straight-forward patronage and corruption problems.
I live down-state from you...

I refuse to accept Chicago is part of Illinois anymore. Chi-town is the only reason we have either of our Senators, or our Gov (who FLIES to Springfield each day).

No offense, dude, but I hate yer city... :)
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Agree with Greg.

What do I get here in NY?

A meddling Nanny mayor who’s butting into national issues as well as personal ones.

A state compt. who had to resign because he misused funds
A gov. who had to resign for hookergate and using state police to gather info on rivals
His replacement who misused funds to finance his affairs at cheap motels
The State Senate Majority Leader under investigation for misusing funds
The City Council Speaker now under investigation for using tax dollars as a personal slush fund.

 
Written By: shark
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No offense, dude, but I hate yer city... :)
The politicians here drive me insane. Even my most liberal friends complain about them. But when push comes to shove they still dutifully vote almost straight Democrat.

But I still love the city and have no plans to leave.
 
Written By: the wolf
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Maybe the idea is that committees like that keep such people from causing real trouble elsewhere?
 
Written By: Sigivald
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"Maybe the idea is that committees like that keep such people from causing real trouble elsewhere?"

Given the likes of Pelosi, etc., they have even failed at that.
 
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