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SLIDE SHOW: San Pablo Avenue Looks to the Future

BY ALEXIA UNDERWOOD //

San Pablo Avenue is a major economic force in El Cerrito, supplying the community with everything from nail salons to novelty shops. Now, a new plan to regulate future development along this major thoroughfare is nearing completion.

Watch the slideshow below to learn more.

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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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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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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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Yes We Can: African-American Perspectives on the Election

BY N’JERI EATON//

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Rest of the World Watching

From an editorial in the UK’s Guardian:

“So often crudely caricatured by others, the American people yesterday stood in the eye of history and made an emphatic choice for themselves and for the world.”

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SLIDE SHOW: Election Day in El Cerrito

BY SWETA VOHRA//

Voters got out early. Campaigns continued for one last day. Signs filled the streets, walls and lawns. Read the full story

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Election Brings Out Uncertain First-Time Voters

BY N’JERI EATON //

While African Americans are turning out to the polls in record numbers in support of Sen. Barack Obama, several first-time voters’ inexperience is causing them anxiety.

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SLIDE SHOW: Phone Banking gets Youth Boost

BY N’JERI EATON //

On the final day of the election, dozens of volunteers gathered at the West Contra Costa Unified Campaign office for one last push for Obama.

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