It took a couple of days, but the Save Berkeley Iceland website is back up and, mostly, complete; there may still be a few things missing or labeled differently. It would be great if we could get Berkeley Iceland back up just as quickly, but it first takes someone who would work with the community to make it happen. Which brings me to a repost of an article I wrote two years ago: An Open Letter to Mayor Bates.
The memory of this posting was triggered by a recent discussion with a friend who posited that if Tom Bates had stood up early and said, to the effect, "Berkeley Iceland is a needed resource for our community and children, lets find a way to preserve it" that we would be way to a restored community ice rink that would be another Berkeley model for the country. Instead we got a proposal to knock down the building and put a nice plaque where the historic rink would have been. For year, when talking with potential partners, donors, and foundations, the question would always come up "How does the city feel about the project" or "How does the Mayor feel about the project." In the best case, we had to say we were not sure because there was no public comments by the Mayor outside of the Council hearings related to Berkeley Iceland, where his position was consistent.