Berkeley Lab held a public meeting on Wednesday night about the Golden Gate Fields project for the Lab’s second campus. Two other Berkeley-related sites will be discussed on Thursday and Monday. Berkeleyside live-tweeted from the meeting. The story unfolds below:

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  1. Good points, Alan. I suspect part of the issue was the set-up for the public meeting is designed in a different way than you’d desire. The first part, the Lab presentation, is, as you note, all about the wonderful research it does and its great tradition. It’s about convincing the community (although I’m not sure anyone needs convincing) that it’s a great research institution. 

    The second part is the pitch from the developer about why their site is better than the other five. 

    Since the Lab is still going through its own due diligence on the six shortlisted projects, it’s not yet engaging the public on any particular site. So the important questions you raise aren’t even being approached yet. 

  2. An interesting but way too self-obsessed presentation on the part of LBNL– lots on why the GGF site would be good for the Lab but not nearly enough on why it would be good for the community.  Did we really have to hear all about the discovery of Americium?

    And, despite claiming to be building an “environmental campus,” clueless on the regional climate-change context that includes the Sustainable Communities Strategies process — reduce greenhouse gases by reducing vehicle miles travelled and creating “complete communities” integrating jobs, housing and services in one location.  All we heard about GGF was that there would eventually be some “commercial development” included — but whether that’s to be an integrated community with housing or just another regional shopping mall with a hotel was never even addressed.

    You’d never know from this presentation that both Albany and Berkeley have Climate Action Plans that the Lab should voluntarily pledge to support.

    Still a lot of potential for a winning Lab development there — but a whole whole lot of wood to chop before LBNL can cross the chasm from “it’s all about us” to community understanding and acceptance.