Cal Stadium Tree-Sitter ‘Dumpster Muffin’: Victory!

The SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE (and Holly at EDSBS) has an update on the big stink between homeless tree-sitters and Cal officials who are trying to build a sports training facility next to Memorial Stadium.

Dumpster Muffin

(”Look, in the distance, a Flying J truckstop shower with your name on it!”)

UC Berkeley’s plan to build a state-of-the-art athletic training center next to Memorial Stadium is on hold until the university can prove the project would not violate state earthquake-safety laws, a judge ruled Wednesday.

University officials are ecstatic about the ruling, claiming they aren’t violating any of the safety laws - and that the project will now soon move forward. But advocates for the mountain trash tree-sitters are also claiming victory.

I actually hope the training center doesn’t get built. Since I’m a USC football fan and also hope to continue to read about these sort of exchanges involving “Dumpster Muffin“:

In one of several tense moments Wednesday, a basket with two workers was lowered by crane to the trunk of a tall tree on top of which a screaming young woman was perched on a small wooden platform about 100 feet in the air.

The woman, identified by sympathizers as Dumpster Muffin, screamed and violently shook the precarious perch. The crane backed off, and the woman raised her hand in the air in a sign of victory.

Dumpster Muffin? If that isn’t a band name waiting to happen, I don’t know what is. I hope the tree-sitting attorneys have that copyrighted, or I’ll soon have that thing on Cafe Press in the time it takes Tedford to get a play in.