Houston zaps Berkeley

Assemblyman Guy Houston, R-San Ramon, has joined the chorus of critics lining up to shoot the Berkeley City Council — politically speaking, of course — for its recent decision to boot the U.S. Marine recruiting station out of downtown.

The City Council will reconsider on a Tuesday a decision that has engendered backlash that even Berkeley has been unable to withstand.

Here’s Houston’s press release and you’ll find a link to his YouTube statement on the subject below:

Assemblyman Guy Houston (R-San Ramon) announced that he will introduce legislation that will strip transportation funding from the City of Berkeley until the City Counsel rescinds its January 29, 2008 anti-military resolution. On January 29th, 2008 the City of Berkeley took the extraordinary action of approving a resolution that will result in a letter being sent to the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps that their Marine recruiting office is not welcome in the City of Berkeley, and if recruiters choose to stay, they do “so as uninvited and unwelcome intruders.”

“I cannot stand by and do nothing while the City of Berkeley declares war on the United States Marine Corps,” said Houston. “The Marines, and all of our branches of the military, deserve the honor of our elected officials, not their scorn.”

The City of Berkeley is scheduled to receive approximately $3.3 million in transportation funding over the next two years from Proposition 1B. The legislation will call for that funding to be suspended until Berkeley rescinds its January 29, 2008 resolution.

Furthermore, the City’s approved resolution applauds “residents and organizations such as Code Pink, that may volunteer to impede, passively or actively, by nonviolent means, the work or any military recruiting office located in the City of Berkeley.” However, this “nonviolent means” has resulted in people chaining themselves to one another in order to physically obstruct people from entering that Marine Corps recruiting office.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen