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Houston zaps Berkeley

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Friday, February 8th, 2008 at 3:11 pm in Alameda County, California Legislature.

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.

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  • J Cabot

    Congratulations to ASsemblyman Houston for taking some action on this. It may well end up as symbolic, but when it comes to our dear military, symbolism is vital.

  • J Cabot

    Congratulations to ASsemblyman Houston for taking some action on this. It may well end up as symbolic, but when it comes to our dear military, symbolism is vital.

  • Renegade GOP

    Way to Go Guy!! Thank you for Standing up for regular folks!!

  • Renegade GOP

    Way to Go Guy!! Thank you for Standing up for regular folks!!

  • RR

    Berkeley needs to stop focussing on foreign policy and make its streets safer

  • RR

    Berkeley needs to stop focussing on foreign policy and make its streets safer

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    This issue has certainly pushed buttons all over the country.

    But I question whether it makes sense to start stripping cities of their federal dollars every time they do something undesirable.

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    This issue has certainly pushed buttons all over the country.

    But I question whether it makes sense to start stripping cities of their federal dollars every time they do something undesirable.

  • Judy

    I was listening to news radio Friday when I heard news that made my stomach turn. The broadcast outlined the Berkeley city council’s stance on Marine Recruiting. While that was very upsetting, what really made me nauseated was Assemblyman Guy Houston once again jumping on another bandwagon.

    Houston jumping into something just to grab headlines is becoming routine behavior of this particular East Bay politician. Berkeley is not even in Assemblyman Houston’s District!

    Mr. Houston is stumping once again (he is termed out) instead of focusing on his own district and California ’s 14 billion dollar budget crisis. He is obviously more concerned about doing whatever he can to stay employed on the publics dime.

    Guy Houston threatened to try to withhold transportation funding against the city, but the report suggested that withholding government funds are largely symbolic and have little chance of passing. Does Houston not realize that withholding transportation funding only hurts citizens-not the city council! A search of the radio stations website yielded several more examples of Houston ’s grandstanding on other issues.

    Guy Houston’s record demonstrates he is a headline chaser who has produced less than headline results.

  • Judy

    I was listening to news radio Friday when I heard news that made my stomach turn. The broadcast outlined the Berkeley city council’s stance on Marine Recruiting. While that was very upsetting, what really made me nauseated was Assemblyman Guy Houston once again jumping on another bandwagon.

    Houston jumping into something just to grab headlines is becoming routine behavior of this particular East Bay politician. Berkeley is not even in Assemblyman Houston’s District!

    Mr. Houston is stumping once again (he is termed out) instead of focusing on his own district and California ’s 14 billion dollar budget crisis. He is obviously more concerned about doing whatever he can to stay employed on the publics dime.

    Guy Houston threatened to try to withhold transportation funding against the city, but the report suggested that withholding government funds are largely symbolic and have little chance of passing. Does Houston not realize that withholding transportation funding only hurts citizens-not the city council! A search of the radio stations website yielded several more examples of Houston ’s grandstanding on other issues.

    Guy Houston’s record demonstrates he is a headline chaser who has produced less than headline results.

  • Patriot Johnny

    Judy, Are you an idiot ? Who cares where Houston is from. If he is an elected official in care of my tax dollars that end up in Berkeley that spends thier money against the United States Marines, I am totally behind him. Thanks Houston AND any other Official that condems the actions of Berkeley on this matter.

  • Patriot Johnny

    Judy, Are you an idiot ? Who cares where Houston is from. If he is an elected official in care of my tax dollars that end up in Berkeley that spends thier money against the United States Marines, I am totally behind him. Thanks Houston AND any other Official that condems the actions of Berkeley on this matter.