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Greener Than Thou: Berkeley (Finally) Cuts Down Treehuggers

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Greener Than Thou is our report on San Francisco’s obsession with all things green, giving credit where credit is due and calling bullshit when the need arises. Feeling morally superior on the green front? Testify!

Cal has made its most decisive move in an eighteen-month standoff with the group of up to 11 environmental activists bunkered down (err, up) in the trees outside Memorial Stadium: Today, 40 police officers cordoned off the sidewalk on Piedemont Avenue, where arborists, a crane, and a cherry picker have been hauled in to literally cut the treesitters out of their aerial encampment. "We are removing gear and removing lines. We are not removing people," said a university spokesman in a dubious statement that prompts us to wonder where, exactly, the protesters have relocated to. Up, up, up! The surprise ambush comes a day before a Alameda County Superior Court judge rules to rule on a lawsuit filed by those protesters, city and a neighborhood groups against the University, which plans to raze the area in order to construct a new, $125 million sports training center. In a tactical maneuver designed to make said judge take their petition extra super seriously, protesters have taken to throwing human waste at the team of arborists charged with their removal. Savages!
· UC cutting tree-sitters' lines in grove outside Memorial Stadium [SF Gate]
· Will Break Bones for Trees [Curbed SF]
· Tree Huggers be damned [Curbed SF]

[Image courtesy the Chron]