City Councilman Gordon Wozniak wants to repeal key portions, if not all, of that most hallowed of Berkeley legislation: the Nuclear Free Berkeley Act. ...
Wozniak is working on an ordinance to overturn the portion of the act
that bans the city from investing in U.S. Treasury bonds, notes and
Ideally, he wants to eliminate the entire law, which is a wide-ranging
ban on anything dealing with nuclear energy or companies that have
connections to nuclear power. That includes the U.S. government as well
as research facilities and even purchases of nonnuclear products from
energy companies. ...
Wozniak's proposal has riled some of Berkeley's left-leaning politicians and activists.
"I'll fight this in the streets, at City Hall, anywhere it needs to be
fought," said Peace and Justice Commissioner Bob Meola. It "is total
nonsense that the act is a relic left over from the Cold War. The threat
of nuclear war is very real and, unfortunately, will continue to be so
as long as nations and unknown players have possession of nuclear
City Councilman Kriss Worthington agreed. ...
However, Councilwoman Susan Wengraf said the Nuclear Free Berkeley Act
might not be the effective political statement it once was. ...
"Maybe we're a place where this has become an outdated notion," she said. "I think this is a gutsy thing for Gordon to do."
--Carolyn Jones, San Francisco Chronicle, on Berkeley activism