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VIDEO PROFILES: Meet Your City Council Candidates

From L-R: David Boisvert, Ann Cheng, Greg Lyman, Andrew Ting

(From L-R: David Boisvert, Ann Cheng, Greg Lyman, Andrew Ting)

BY MATT DURNING //

On November 4th, at least two of the four individuals featured here will be elected to the El Cerrito City Council. The following three-minute video profiles provide a brief introduction to each of the candidates, in their own words. Read the full story

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VIDEO PROFILE: City Councilmember Janet Abelson

Councilmember Janet Abelson

Councilmember Janet Abelson

BY FERNANDO GALLO//

City Councilmember Janet Abelson talks about why she became a councilmember, the new El Cerrito City Hall, and why environmental issues are so important to her.  Hear Abelson tell her story outside of the council chamber and in a one-on-one setting.

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Obama and McCain Struggle to Stay on Point in Second Presidential Debate

BY FERNANDO GALLO//

Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain met for their second presidential debate Oct. 7, and for the third time in three weeks the Cerrito Speakeasy Theater in El Cerrito was filled with people eager to see democratic discourse on the big screen. Veteran broadcaster Tom Brokaw moderated the debate and chose the questions for the candidates. Read the full story

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Internet Abuzz with Debate Analysis

BY SWETA VOHRA//

Hours after the second presidential debate last Tuesday night, the Internet buzzed with overviews, analysis and quotes from Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain from their town hall debate in Nashville, Tenn. Liberal and conservative publications, aside from differing lead paragraphs, focused on the same issues and quotes, as well as an overall conclusion that last night’s debate did little to change the momentum of either campaign.

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Exercise Your Right – Register to Vote

Get out to vote, rock the vote, encourage others to vote, it’s that time again.  To make sure you can vote, you must register for all local, state, and federal elections by October 20, 2008.  El Cerrito residents can register at any Post Office, the DMV, or the City Clerk’s office.  If you have changed your address, or if you changed party affiliation, you have to re-register to vote.
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SLIDE SHOW: Transit Initiative on November Ballot

BY ALEXIA UNDERWOOD //  (SEE VIDEO SLIDE SHOW BELOW)

Rising fuel prices and a worsening economy are affecting everybody – including the local bus system.

AC Transit, reeling from a $20 million budget shortfall, has introduced a parcel tax initiative that will appear on the November ballot for residents of El Cerrito and neighboring communities.

“The critical thing is the price of fuel.  That’s driving our operating costs out of sight,” said Jim Gleich, AC Transit Deputy General Manager.

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Prop 5: Hope and Fear for the Justice System

BY N’JERI EATON//

Proposition 5, the Nonviolent Offender Drug Rehabilitation Act, or NORA, will let voters decide whether to send drug offenders to treatment facilities instead of prison. In El Cerrito, it is an issue that has sparked a debate especially between two groups. On one side, are drug policy advocates who believe NORA will provide a comprehensive treatment program. On the other side, law enforcement officials who fear that Prop 5 will prevent offenders from being prosecuted.

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SLIDE SHOW: Sights and Sounds of the Vice-Presidential Debate at the Cerrito Speakeasy

BY FERNANDO GALLO //

A capacity crowd gathered at the Cerrito Speakeasy Theater in El Cerrito to watch the vice-presidential debate between Democrat Sen. Joe Biden and Republican Gov. Sarah Palin on Oct. 2. Here’s your chance to take a look inside the theater and see the event in an up close and personal way.

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Voter Registration

Get out to vote, rock the vote, encourage others to vote, it’s that time again.  To make sure you can vote, you must register for all local, state, and federal elections by October 20, 2008.  El Cerrito residents can register at any post office, the DMV, or the city clerk’s office.  If you have changed your address, or if you changed party affiliation, you need to re-register to vote.
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