"Berkeley officials seek to block petition drive
Berkeley may take great pride as a champion of free speech and civil
rights, but an unusual campaign has been under way – led by most of the
city's top elected officials – to stop residents from signing a
Opposing a petition, in this case asking for a public vote on a
controversial downtown development plan, might not be unusual in many
cities. But in Berkeley, which promotes extensive citizen involvement
in city affairs, the campaign has provoked some unusual arguments.