Last Council Meeting, Disappointing, not surprising - What Now?

    Berkeley has become a bit less livable with the permanently loss of a much needed and beloved community asset - Berkeley Iceland. The hearing and decision at the Berkeley City Council on September 11, 2012, was an encapsulation of the past five years. The decision to uphold the Zoning Adjustment Board's action approving Sports Basement's permits without further community input was a foregone conclusion. As I wrote at the time, it was not surprising but still disappointing. It was the result of the constant message by East Bay Iceland, Richard Zamboni, president, that a rink could not / should not be restored, the almost total lack of support by key City officials, principally Mayor Bates, and the fear that Sports Basement was the only chance to avoid further deterioration of Berkeley Iceland. As a result, there is no longer a special place where all of Berkeley can go and just have fun, meet new people, and enjoy the diversity of Berkeley.

Berkeley Iceland to become Sports Basement

 Last night the Berkeley City Council rejected SBI's appeal to Sports Basement's permit to open a big-box sporting goods store. For even our strongest supporter on the Council, Kriss Worthington, the opportunity to stop the degradation the owners had allowed for the past five years was too good to pass up. At least Kriss put the responsibility where it belonged, squarely on an owner who tied things up for over three years fighting landmark actions with the cooperation of some City leaders.

Berkeley Iceland Appeal and Future - Letter to the Mayor and City Council

Mayor and City Council
City of Berkeley
2180 Milvia St.
Berkeley, CA 94704

Dear Mayor Bates and Councilmembers:

     Berkeley Iceland is once again on the City Council agenda, September 11, and once again the choice you make will have a profound affect on the Berkeley Community. This time the choice is pretty clear: whether to allow our historic community ice center to become Berkeley's first big-box store or support the return of a much needed place dedicated to the healthy fun for our kids and community. There is only one option which supports the real needs of Berkeley and one that should have happened five years ago - a full, open hearing on the future of Berkeley Iceland which most benefits the community.

Berkeley Iceland's Future to be determined by the Berkeley City Council

Berkeley City Council Hearing on Berkeley Iceland Use Permit Change

  • When: 7 PM, Tuesday, September 11, 2012
  • Where: Berkeley City Council Chamber, 2134 ML King Jr Way

The City Council will vote on whether the permitted use of Berkeley Iceland will be changed from Recreation to Retail and allow a project for Berkeley's first big box store to replace the public community ice rink.

Come show your support for the restoration of our community recreational ice center for the benefit of ALL Berkeley!

Berkeley Iceland can be saved by the Community

Berkeley City Council Appeal Hearing - Berkeley Iceland for Recreation not Retail!

2012-09-11 7:00 pm
America/Los Angeles

Tuesday, September 11, the Berkeley City Council hears the appeal to the plan to convert Berkeley Iceland to the first big-box store in Berkeley and removing a valuable community recreation asset. Let the Council know our community needs a place to do sports more than a place to buy things for sports!

Berkeley Iceland can be Saved by the Community!

Time for Berkeley City Council to show leadership - Reject big box permit on Sept. 11

One month from today at the September 11 Council meeting, the Berkeley City Council will be making a decision which will say a lot about what they value in our city: whether to allow permits for Berkeley's first Big Box store at Berkeley Iceland or whether our community will have the option to restore our recreation and community center.

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