Friday, April 18, 2008

Scout: Oak-Tree Protest: Pure Folly

Note from the Bear Insider:

While many involved Cal fans know that the oak tree protest in the grove
west of Memorial Stadium is just a side show to the real issues being
combated in court, the public-relations impact of the protest has been
negative and enormous. Articles about it have appeared in national
newspapers like USA Today and the New York Times - and elsewhere - even

University attorneys now say they expect a favorable decision from Judge
Barbara Miller of the Alameda County Superior Court about the proposed
Athletics Center in just a few weeks. If that happens, and if the injunction
that has to date prevented project construction is dissolved, the University
will immediately clear the site and begin construction.

And should that happen, the tree-sitters and the small grove of landscape
oaks will be the first to go - and that will result in international

Accordingly, writer Gary Moore (an occasional contributor to the Bear
Insider website) has written an Op-Ed piece that attempts to place the
oak-grove protest into an appropriate context.

We have published his article; here's a link to it:

It has become apparent over the last year that few understand the real - and
almost irrelevant - issues at stake in the oak grove protest, so we request
that you distribute the link to Moore's article as widely as possible.

Thank you for your help.

Chris Avery
The Bear Insider - Always on our Game

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