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Will Berkeley mayor Tom Bates become `Jail` Bates? Read on...
Election shenanigans in the City of Berkeley and the State of Kalifornia; voting machines controlled by the University of Calliburton
Does anybody else smell a rat about how Berkeley ballot measures U and V, the `open government` measures, made such a poor showing during the recent election, according to publicized returns? Or how unpopular Berkeley mayor Tom Bates managed to get 54% of the total vote, thereby avoiding the instant runoff? Well, your worst fears might have been confirmed at last night's (Nov. 27, 2012) Berkeley City Council meeting. The mayor, who's a strong opponent of the type of government oversight and transparency which would have been instituted by the above ballot measures and, in fact, got ballot measure S, the draconian ban on sidewalk sitting, onto the ballot during another BCC meeting after he had the public removed from the chambers, refused to allow the legally mandated amount of time (10 minutes) or number of speakers (5) for the public comment period, during which members of the public may speak on any topic, whether it's on the council's agenda or not.