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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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SLIDE SHOW: Going Green Saves Green for Windrush School

The new environmentally friendly middle school building at Windrush School.

BY FERNANDO GALLO //

The Windrush School in El Cerrito opened its new “green” middle school building in September, earning a gold certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System in the process. Read the full story

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Black Friday Results Mixed for Local Retailers

BY MATT DURNING //

The heavy fog that swept over the Bay Area on Monday seemed to mirror the ambivalence some local retailers are feeling in the wake of the highly anticipated Black Friday weekend. Read the full story

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Fresh, Cold-Pressed Activism

BY ALEXIA UNDERWOOD //

The olive oil shipment is late.

At 10 a.m., a single volunteer, Henry Norr, arrives on a beat-up red bicycle and waits outside the headquarters of the International Solidarity Movement Support Group (ISM) in Berkeley.   A sign identifying the building as “The Grassroots House” hangs outside.  There is some trash strewn about the yard.

Norr wears a bright magenta shirt and suspenders. A former San Francisco Chronicle business reporter, Norr has visited Palestine three times with ISM. After he returned in 2002, he attended anti-war rallies and gave an informal talk on his experiences in the Middle East.  “I’d had this regular weekly column for four years by then,” he says. Read the full story

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Copper Thieves & Laser Beams: Strange Event Connects Two Early Morning Crimes in El Cerrito

BY MATT DURNING //

Two men were arrested early Monday morning in El Cerrito when their unrelated crimes coincided in a bizarre set of circumstances allowing a third suspect to escape. Read the full story

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Local Non-Profit Reports Human Rights Observers Abducted

BY ALEXIA UNDERWOOD //

A non-profit organization working for Palestinian human rights with local headquarters in El Cerrito reported that three of its human rights observers were abducted early Tuesday morning by the Israeli Navy. Paul Larudee, a human rights activist with the northern California chapter of the International Solidarity Movement, said that one of the international observers was from San Jose. Read the full story

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VIDEO: Day Laborers Facing Economic Struggles

BY FERNANDO GALLO AND DANIEL MCGLYNN//

The economic downturn is having a devastating effect on companies and employees alike – news of layoffs comes almost daily. But at a local level, one group also dealing with the downturn is seldom mentioned: day laborers. These workers, the majority of which are undocumented Latinos, have little choice but to stand and wait for jobs that are never guaranteed. El Cerrito Focus visited the Home Depot parking lot on San Pablo Avenue twice recently to talk to laborers and find out how they are dealing with these tough times. Listen in on how they’re dealing with today’s economic crisis. Read the full story

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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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Faces in Focus: Exclusive Buttons

Faces in Focus is a series of profiles on local businesses and residents who are making an impact in El Cerrito. Read the full story

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Do you know El Cerrito?

BY FERNANDO GALLO AND DANIEL MCGLYNN//

El Cerrito has 24,000 residents – how many of them know some basic facts about their city? We went to the El Cerrito Plaza to find out. The results were surprising – and very funny. Read the full story

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