But Betty Olds and Laurie Capitelli, who authored the proposal, did not move to rescind three other related items the council passed last week: calling on residents to impede the work of any military recruiting station in the city; asking the city attorney to investigate whether the Marines violate city laws banning discrimination based on sexual orientation; and giving the protest group Code Pink a free weekly parking space and sound permit to protest in front of the Shattuck Avenue recruiting station.
Their item will come before the City Council Tuesday.
"I would prefer they recruit somewhere else, but they have a constitutional and legal right to be here," Capitelli said Tuesday. "If they decide to be here, then there are actions (protesters) can take, and the Marines will have to decide whether that's an acceptable price to pay to be in Berkeley. That's their decision to make, but not the City Council's decision."
The council approved asking the Marines to abandon their office by a 6-3 vote last week. Council members Olds, Gordon Wozniak and Kriss Worthington voted against the item. A spokeswoman for Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates said Tuesday he would vote to rescind the statement.
The council's action has generated outrage from across the country, and Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., threatened last week to try to strip the city of federal funds.
Councilwoman Linda Maio said she will introduce an item of her own next week regarding the Marines. Maio said she welcomes "any member of the military" to be in Berkeley but she does not support the recruiting station.
"That's an important distinction to make," Maio said.
Councilman Gordon Wozniak, who voted against all the items involving the recruiting station, said he would have to think about the new item.
"It's not clear a majority of the council will change its viewpoint on this," Wozniak said. "I think the item needs some clarification. I support what they are trying to do. We should also apologize."
Wozniak said he still doesn't like the idea of "giving a parking space to a protest group right in front of the place they are protesting, regardless of whether it's the Marines or an abortion clinic. It's intimidation and harassment."
Worthington said he had not yet seen the new item.
"I'm a strong supporter of the peace movement, but I think it's important to show support for our veterans and the people risking their lives in the military today," Worthington said.
Councilwoman Dona Spring said she is not backing down from her earlier position that the Marines should get out of town.
"I'm going to try to work to amend this resolution to make sure we're expressing our full opposition to the military policies and that we do not feel it's appropriate for any military recruiting to be done in Berkeley," Spring said. "I definitely feel the message to the Marines should be, 'You need to go,' and I'm not backing down on it."
Councilman Darrell Moore said Tuesday he had not decided how to vote on the item by Olds and Capitelli. Councilman Max Anderson said Friday he had not changed his position, and "absolutely" wants the Marines out of Berkeley.
Meanwhile, the pro-military group Move Forward America announced in a news release it will stage a daylong protest against the City Council on Tuesday in response to the council's actions last week.
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