On the last Berkeley City Council meeting before the Summer break (13 July, 2010), the Council voted 7-2 to adapt the City Manager's recommendation to withhold comment on the application for Berkeley Iceland to be listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The alternative option, approval of a letter of support prepared by the Berkeley Landmark Preservation Commission, was not accepted. The reason sited for not commenting was the status of the Berkeley landmark designation which is subject to a new review by the City Council as part of a settlement of a lawsuit brought by the current owners. To quote the manager's recommendation:
"The City Council agreed to reconsider its previous approval of Berkeley Iceland as a
local historic landmark. Therefore, it would be premature to comment on the proposed
National Register listing."
The action by the City Council does not affect the process for National Register listing. The hearing at the State Historic Resources Commission (SHRC) is scheduled for 30 July at the Sacramento City Council Chambers in Sacramento.