Berkeley Council Gives Up Memorial Stadium Fight

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After seventeen months of lawsuits and political pressure, the Berkeley City Council cried uncle last night, when it decided not to pursue any more legal strategies to stop Cal from demolishing a strand of oak trees near Memorial Stadium. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, an environmental group and the local Panoramic Hill Association still plan to sue the university to stop construction, but the city's surrender comes as a serious blow to opponents of the new sports training facility. After the decision was announced in the council chambers, a crowd of environmentalists booed and jeered city leaders, chanting, "Shame! Shame!" Plaintiff by plaintiff, the deck is being cleared for Cal to proceed with its plans.

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