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UC Berkeley begins felling trees for stadium
Oakland Tribune ^ | 9/5/8 | Kristin Bender

Posted on 09/05/2008 6:33:36 PM PDT by SmithL

BERKELEY - Crews began cutting down trees next to Memorial Stadium at UC Berkeley late Friday, 21 months after activists climbed into the trees to protest the university's plan to raze them to build a $140 million sports training center center.

Work crews with chainsaws and bulldozers arrived at the university grove Friday and by 4 p.m. six trees had been chopped down.

Clad in black ski masks, the four remaining tree protesters who were driven into a single redwood several months ago, remained in the tree Friday and at times sparred with arborists, tossing a bottle and branches toward the crews.

Arborists trimmed most of the branches from the redwood, leaving the few tarps and wooden platforms and the tree sitters alone before moving on to other trees on the south side of the grove.



Hillary Lehr, a tree supporter, lets out a scream as she watches one of the oak trees fall after being cut down at the UC Berkeley Memorial Oak Grove Friday September 5, 2008. The University has begun the process of cutting down the trees in the grove to make way for a new 140 million dollar sports training center. Lehr is a resident of Berkeley and a UC Berkeley Alum.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: berkeley; beserkeley; treehuggers; treesitters; uc; ucberkeley
The harvest of fruits & nuts has begun in Beserkeley's orchard!
1 posted on 09/05/2008 6:33:37 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Is that a guy in drag?


2 posted on 09/05/2008 6:35:33 PM PDT by realcleanguy ("I have not yet begun to fight")
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To: SmithL

betcha they all agree with obama’s pro-live birth abortion stance....

these fruitcakes were spotlighted last year anytime they televised a Cal Bear game from beserkley...


3 posted on 09/05/2008 6:36:43 PM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: SmithL

They better cut while all of the kooks are still thumbing rides back from Minnesota.


4 posted on 09/05/2008 6:37:22 PM PDT by gop4lyf (Obama wants to raise taxes and kill babies. Palin wants to raise babies and kill taxes.)
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To: SmithL

This is reminiscent of the YouTube video that someone posted earlier today with the group who was crying and wailing about trees. Some thought is was a spoof. It was not.


5 posted on 09/05/2008 6:37:47 PM PDT by sarasota
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To: realcleanguy

Somehow the building of a $140 MILLION sports training center makes we root for the trees.


6 posted on 09/05/2008 6:39:06 PM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a creditcard?)
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To: SmithL

Univ of Texas MOVED the uprooted trees and TOOK AWAY student parking to replant them.


7 posted on 09/05/2008 6:40:24 PM PDT by RushingWater (Pres. Bush honors Mexican sovereignty over our own - Pardon Ramos/Campeon/Hernandez)
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To: SmithL

They need to come out to my place and spend a couple of days clearing honey locust and hedge sprouts out of the pastures and road right of way. They will find out in a hurry that the world is not going to run out of trees.


8 posted on 09/05/2008 6:40:54 PM PDT by tickmeister (tickmeister)
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To: SmithL
LMAO You just nailed the slam of the night to the....um....er.....tree trunk! LOL


9 posted on 09/05/2008 6:41:03 PM PDT by Viking2002 (A man who never quits is never defeated.)
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To: SmithL

Why do places put up with tree sitters trespassing on their property? Just mace and tear gas them out. Should take 10 minutes tops.

“I’m the Lorax and I speak for the trees!”
“But I speak for Men, and human Opportunity!”


10 posted on 09/05/2008 6:42:14 PM PDT by BobbyT
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To: hoosierham

“Sports training center”

Will they use it for beheading republicans?


11 posted on 09/05/2008 6:42:15 PM PDT by realcleanguy ("I have not yet begun to fight")
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To: God luvs America

Hysterical hippies crying over fallen trees...

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=ed0_1220618296

Disgusting.


12 posted on 09/05/2008 6:47:51 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: SmithL
The University has begun the process of cutting down the trees in the grove to make way for a new 140 million dollar sports training center.

YES!! About time. The tree sitting "community organizers" will have to go get real jobs--correction, get back on welfare.

13 posted on 09/05/2008 6:48:46 PM PDT by stillonaroll (McCain/Palin 2008!)
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To: SmithL

I would have LOVED to be out there yelling, “TIMMMM-BERRRRR!” every time one came crashing down!


14 posted on 09/05/2008 6:49:24 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: SmithL

“and at times sparred with arborists, tossing a bottle and branches toward the crews.”

So, its fine to use trees for ammunition, but not to remove them for construction?


15 posted on 09/05/2008 6:50:29 PM PDT by Ellendra (Most eco-freaks wouldn't know nature if it bit them on the butt . . . and it often does!)
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To: SmithL

Wonder if she would mind if I used the Mighty Oak to burn in our fireplace this winter to help keep the family warm ?


16 posted on 09/05/2008 6:50:31 PM PDT by silentreignofheroes (In my day,Flunking gym was not an option , even for Stupid Kids!)
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To: SmithL

Great news to start the weekend! Thanks.

(A Boalt Alum)


17 posted on 09/05/2008 6:50:48 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: hoosierham

UC Berkley created the idiots, let them deal with them.


18 posted on 09/05/2008 6:52:07 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: SmithL

Build around them. Say a reinforced concrete structure 1o feet from the tree, to above the top. Then drop several large tanks of Carbon dioxide, with the valves smashed open, down the structure.

Wait 30 minutes, then dynamite.


19 posted on 09/05/2008 6:53:00 PM PDT by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border: I dare you to try and cross it. . .)
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To: hoosierham
Somehow the building of a $140 MILLION sports training center makes we root for the trees.

I'm with you actually on this. Why does a bunch of pampered chickensh*t Colleyfornian suburbanites need a 140 million dollars' worth of handball courts?

They were better of with the trees, moonbats and all.

20 posted on 09/05/2008 6:53:11 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: SmithL

"Leave the trees alone!"

21 posted on 09/05/2008 6:55:31 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (The Word of God is powerful. That's why so many people are afraid to read it.)
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To: SmithL
“Mommy, that clown's scary!”
22 posted on 09/05/2008 6:57:50 PM PDT by 2111USMC
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To: SmithL

the first one they cut down should have been the one with the smelly hippies in it!


23 posted on 09/05/2008 7:05:12 PM PDT by dalereed (both)
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To: SmithL

Wow, it only took how many years? Where’s Hillary Lehr’s clown nose?


24 posted on 09/05/2008 7:06:55 PM PDT by Prince Caspian
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To: SmithL

[Soon to be] classic photo.


25 posted on 09/05/2008 7:14:53 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s........you weren't really there)
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To: SmithL
The new Cal
26 posted on 09/05/2008 7:17:58 PM PDT by concentric circles
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To: Salgak

I’m thinking a tranquilizer gun, a trampoline (or two) and a video camera.


27 posted on 09/05/2008 7:29:29 PM PDT by ninergold3 (Christ would not vote for Barack Obama...Alan Keyes)
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To: SmithL

I didn’t know that loons nest in the fall. Something must be done before they begin to breed.


28 posted on 09/05/2008 7:31:34 PM PDT by DesertDreamer ("I don't believe in a government that protects us from ourselves." - Ronald Reagan)
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To: SmithL
Lehr is a resident of Berkeley and a UC Berkeley Alum.

That helps explain why this person looks so weird.

29 posted on 09/05/2008 7:56:27 PM PDT by ConservativeMind (1 conservative = 5 RINOs. You can expect 4 out of 5 RINOs to bolt to the liberal side on any vote.)
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To: SmithL

IMO, these trees should have been fogged with tear gas 24x7 until the Environuts moved on.


30 posted on 09/05/2008 8:28:05 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("The land of the Free...Because of the Brave")
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To: SmithL

31 posted on 09/05/2008 8:30:21 PM PDT by VaBthang4 ("He Who Watches Over Israel Will Neither Slumber Nor Sleep")
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To: realcleanguy
"Is that a guy in drag?"

Here in Kalifornicate - one NEVER knows until "show and tell" time commences.....

32 posted on 09/05/2008 8:41:33 PM PDT by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: SmithL
“months after activists climbed into the trees to protest the university's plan to raze them to build a $140 million sports training center center. “

These punks need to held financially responsible for the delays on this project.
Any financial assets they have should be seized for compensation. If no assets, then go for their kidneys to sell.

33 posted on 09/05/2008 8:50:47 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Help fight the left's anointed candidate, contribute and work for McCain/Palin..)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

That video is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen.


34 posted on 09/05/2008 10:15:49 PM PDT by Ranald S. MacKenzie (Its the philosophy, stupid.)
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The original photo has changed, so here are a couple from SFGate: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/object/article?f=/c/a/2008/09/05/BAEE12P1DP.DTL&o=


Andy Fuller of Berkeley holds a sign across the street from Memorial Grove in Berkeley, Calif. on Sept. 5, 2008 as the University of California begins to clear a grove a trees next to Memorial Stadium.



Berkeley students Connor Gerson, Cory Miyamoto and Justin Sharp show thier support for the University with a sign across the street from Memorial Grove in Berkeley, Calif.

35 posted on 09/05/2008 10:23:43 PM PDT by SmithL (Drill Dammit!)
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