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Design flaw prompts street closure near El Cerrito City Hall

The Contra Costa Times recently reported that a stretch of Manila Avenue in front of the new El Cerrito City Hall building remains closed because of an overlooked design flaw. Two decorative columns, measuring about 12 feet high and 5 feet wide, block the view of traffic signals for motorists headed west on Manila and onto San Pablo Avenue. Rectifying the problem will cost the city between $10,000 and $15,000, according to El Cerrito public works director Terry Bradshaw.

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Berkeley Wins ACCAL Title Despite Impressive Challenge from El Cerrito

One of many goal line stands for the Gauchos.

BY MATT DURNING //

The El Cerrito Gauchos fell just short of an improbable upset to clinch the conference title Friday night, losing a nail biter to perennial powerhouse Berkeley High, 21-16, in the final game of the regular season.

Both teams entered the contest undefeated in league play and tied atop the ACCAL conference standings. Berkeley was the undeniable favorite, however, having shut out their five other conference opponents by a combined scored of 220-0. Read the full story

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Fire on Albany Hill

Fire as seen from Albany Bulb

Fire as seen from Albany Bulb

BY DANIEL MCGLYNN //

A small blaze, producing a big plume of smoke and flames visible from Interstate 80, broke out Friday afternoon on the west side of Albany Hill. Fortunately, due to a quick response, crews were able to prevent any serious damage.

Initially, the fire came close to threatening the high-rise Gate View apartment building at 555 Pierce Street in Albany, that is nestled between I-80 and the hill.

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Park District Measure Passes

(Photo by Deane Little/Courtesy of East Bay Parks)

BY ALEXIA UNDERWOOD //

On November 4, voters in Alameda and Contra Costa counties passed Measure WW with 71 percent approval. The measure extended an existing regional park bond measure to the tune of $500 million, to be distributed over the next 20 years.

“I think that it’s a tribute to the people [for] recognizing the value of the park district and wanting to have more parks and more opportunities in the future,” said Jack Kenny, chief of parks for the East Bay Regional Park District.

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Council-Endorsed Candidates Win City Council Seats

BY MATT DURNING //

Residents of El Cerrito voted to support the current direction of their local city government Tuesday, electing council-endorsed newcomers Ann Cheng and Greg Lyman while also reelecting incumbent Mayor Bill Jones.

Cheng, the only woman running and the youngest candidate at 30 years old, won the election with 4,852 votes, or 25.8 percent. Jones received 4,553 votes, or 24.2 percent, and Lyman had 4,364 votes, or 23.2 percent. Read the full story

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BLOG: View of the Election from the Middle East

Robert Underwood, an English teacher in Qatar and an American from Illinois writes about hearing the results of the presidential election in Doha, the capital city. Read the full story

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Prop 8 Brings Hurt and Uncertainty for Local Couple

Jennings, right, campaiging on Tuesday with Sharon Lewis.

Jennings, right, campaigning on Tuesday with Sharon Lewis.

BY SWETA VOHRA//

For Joyce Jennings, Tuesday’s election brought both a sense of jubilation and a measure of defeat. While Jennings was thrilled about the country electing its first black president, California passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages, a move that meant, “racism is still prevalent in our culture,” according to Jennings.

“I’m feeling really sad,” said Jennings on Wednesday afternoon. She said that she was still hanging on to sliver of hope, as the absentee ballots had not been counted yet. But a win for the other side had already been declared on many news stations, and it was unlikely things were going to change.

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BLOG: Prop 4 Headed Toward Defeat

Proposition 4, which would require parental notification for minors who attempt to terminate a pregnancy, appears to be on the verge of defeat. With 99.5 percent of precincts reporting, the office of the secretary of state of California has the ballot measure trailing 47.9 percent to 52.1 percent. The 403,136 vote gap between yes and no votes isn’t likely to close when the final election results are tallied, although there are still tens of thousands of provisional and absentee ballots still to be counted.

El Cerrito Focus writer Sweta Vohra had a local story about Prop 4 in El Cerrito: You can find it here.

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From San Pablo Ave to Sao Paulo

Check out what the world is saying about the new president-elect.

From Berlin, to Dubai, to Buenos Aires read the world’s reactions on this New York Times Blog.

Let me know your thoughts and feelings from the streets of El Cerrito, (or from wherever you are reading).

Leave a comment or email me at danielmcglynn@gmail.com.

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Local Election Results

A rundown of local and county-wide election results impacting El Cerrito. These are official figures from the Contra Costa Registrar’s office, with all precincts reporting. Read the full story

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