Public Comment

New: More Said Than Reported at Berkeley Post Office

Rob Browning
Sunday November 02, 2014 - 05:13:00 PM

A friend whose taste for local peculiarities far outstrips mine came across comments you published on yesterday’s rally supporting preservation of our post office. My wife Linda Maio, a member of Berkeley’s City Council, and I have from the outset been strong and vocal supporters of saving the post office. Prior commitments with campaign volunteers prevented Linda’s attendance yesterday.

But I was glad to be able to attend and to show my enthusiastic support for the powerful remarks of Congressmember Barbara Lee, Grey Brechin, Tony Rossman, and Harvey Smith. In your oddly skewed comments on the rally you chose not to report the remarks of those primary speakers but, rather curiously, chose to report that I, in their audience, “said nothing.” I’m afraid you got that wrong. When Jesse Arreguin used the occasion to showcase his support for Measure R (his attempt to undo our Downtown Plan), I addressed Arreguin directly, in a voice loud enough for many to hear, to make it clear that support for the post office is not synonymous with support for Arreguin’s measure. Thanks for the opportunity to set the record straight.