Ruling aftermath

I certainly am not a legal expert and Cal’s proposed student-athlete center mostly has been a story covered by our news staff, but I can tell you that the basic feeling I got at last night’s press conference is that Cal is cautiously optimistic about the ruling handed down by Judge Barbara Miller.

It certainly looks like there were major victories for Cal. It seems the only thing preventing the university from really celebrating is that this is a legal process, and until everything is completely set in stone, there is going to be some uncertainty.

And obviously, there still is no finality. According to Cal’s attorney, Charles Olson, there are a few minor technical issues to be worked out, and then the school sees no reason why the injunction won’t be lifted. Olson said he believed those issues could be resolved in a matter of days.

After that, who knows? Surely, there could be other issues that are not immediately transparent in the 129-page report. Will the injunction be lifted next week? That would be a pretty optimistic wish for Cal officials. But unless something else comes up, perhaps in a matter of weeks the issue could be settled.

I had a chance to talk to athletic director Sandy Barbour after the press conference. She didn’t have too much more information, but I did ask her about the ruling in the context of Jeff Tedford. She preferred to address it in the context of all the Cal coaches, but did say she talked to Tedford on Wednesday night and told him things looked good.

“It’s a complicated ruling,” Barbour said. “But the bottom line is we believe that this ruling gives us a road map, after a couple of technical issues we need to address, to give us the opportunity to move forward. We believe this gives us the opportunity to get this thing underway. Because there is a light at the end of the tunnel, all of our coaches are pleased.”


Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • Jan K Oski

    Hey JO,

    Your paper deserves a pat on the back for the latest article about this situation. The article was the most objective and balanced that I’ve seen from TV to paper media. I haven’t always agreed with some of the articles written in the paper, but the writers obviously had done their homework. I can’t believe how ignorant the other media sources were about the situation, as well as their obvious support for the law-breakers in the trees. I guess they’ve never considered why the MLB never shows a fan running on the field. Law-breakers give up their rights, when they think they’re above the law, and we all should look down upon them for our children’s sake least we make anarchist heroes in this society. Yeah, it takes a certain amount of courage to stand on a small platform 60 feet above the ground, but there are plenty of other causes that are a lot bigger than 40 trees. Too bad, they’ll never recognize that they are just pawns in a bigger game between anti-growth and pro-capital forces.

    On another note, I thought it was awesome to see the Cal football players with the youth a hundred yards from these wackos. It just shows how insignificant they are.

    Go Bears!
    Gold out Memorial!

  • Jan K Oski

    Oh yeah, I forgot to say…


  • CalBearPete

    As a life long conservationist I have to stress the point that there are so many other conservation causes that merit attention; the grove of second growth oaks on the UC campus is not one of them. In my view the handful of people hanging around the stadium are seeking attention for a cause that is really more about their personal contempt for the large investment in a sports facility. That may not be their preference but if they would grow up they would realize that having a strong athletic program is a source a pride to a university and an opportunity for students and alumni to rally around their school. I give donations to both the athletic program and the Department of Environmental Science Policy and Management at UC Berkeley and I am proud of both. Go Bears!

  • john ha

    46 planted trees in the 20′ compare to thousand of centuries trees being cut down every day in the amazon, Why don’t they go there and live on those tree. those are truly natural grown trees and much older too.

    beside, every cut down tree will be replaced with 3 new trees. What is wrong with that. And, What is wrong with these people.