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Newsfront - April 18, 2008

Houston bill against Berkeley fails

Legislation authored by Assemblyman Guy Houston (R-San Ramon) to punish Berkeley for its anti-U.S. Marine Corps actions failed to pass the Assembly Transportation Committee in a hearing Monday.

Democrats Jose Solorio (D-Anaheim) and Cathleen Galgiani (D-Livingston) along with all of the Republicans on the committee voted for the measure, AB 2615.

"I am pleased that members from both parties, from across the state, recognize this effort is one worth supporting," said Houston. "This measure is not about politics. It's about right and wrong. What the city of Berkeley has done is wrong and their actions must not go unpunished."

AB 2615 received seven Yes votes, five No votes, and two members of the committee abstained. The bill needed eight to pass.

The Transportation Committee chairman, Assemblyman Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord), is opposed to the bill, which would have suspended $3.3 million in local road and street funding over the next two years.

"I appreciate Assembly Member Houston's dedication to honoring our troops and their families," said DeSaulnier. "Having served decades in city and county government, I am troubled by a bill that usurps local control and turns a blind eye to the foundations of our government. It's a dangerous precedent that could be used by any political perspective."

Houston said he will continue to support actions to hold Berkeley accountable for its resolution granting exclusive use of a public parking space adjacent to the Marine recruitment office to organizations for staging protests.

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