To: Nicholas Dirks, Chancellor, UC Berkeley:
In the ongoing debate about the University's plans for vegetation management in the hill campus UC, one of the world's great educational institutions is attempting to circumvent California law in order to expedite its plans to mow down virtually all the tall trees above the campus. While the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires that major environmental projects such as this be thoroughly reviewed and vetted by the public, the University is attempting to avoid the legal requirement to prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and instead move forward on these projects with a simple addendum to the 2020 Long Range Development Plan (LRDP). This LRDP has virtually no analysis of what is being proposed and for the University to attempt this shortcut is simply shameful.
We ask that the University rescind this effort and instead do what the other project proponents have done--prepare an EIR.