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Faces in Focus: Kenny Kahn

BY MATT DURNING //

When Kenny Kahn played high school football in El Cerrito, he made a promise to himself and his coach.

“I told him when I graduated one of my goals was to come back and coach under him and learn as much as I could,” says Kahn, now 26, flashing a wide, toothy smile as he recollects. “He’s the reason I wanted to become a football coach.”

Today, walking across the El Cerrito High School football field amid a sea of his players’ green and white jerseys, Kahn, the youngest head coach in the history of ECHS football, has met that promise and much more. Read the full story

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Anthrax Scare in El Cerrito

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a bucket labeled “anthrax” was found in a business on San Pablo Avenue yesterday, shutting down the street for several hours. The substance inside the bucket was tested and found to not be anthrax. You can read the article here:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/11/07/BA7V1402SJ.DTL

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A New Neighbor in El Cerrito

Student kayak trip to Angel Island.

BY SWETA VOHRA //

El Cerrito residents may soon have a new neighbor. The Living Skills Center for the Visually Impaired, currently located in San Pablo, is considering moving to the city of El Cerrito in order to provide a higher quality of life for its students.

“El Cerrito is a community on the move,” says the center’s director Patricia Williams, who has been involved with the organization for 36 years.

A former instructor, Williams says that she’s wanted to build a new site since she became director in 1995. For over a year now, the organization has focused on El Cerrito because of its central location plus its safe and friendly community. 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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Voting at Hogan’s Garage

BY MATT DURNING //

John Hogan’s garage at 2645 Cariquinez Avenue has served as one of El Cerrito’s polling places for the past eight years. Hogan, 81, considers it an honor to be able to use his home to help facilitate democracy.

“I feel this is so important to our community.  What little I can do, I’ll do it,” Hogan said.

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Young, Evangelical, and Voting (AUDIO)

BY MATT DURNING //

The evangelical church community is widely regarded as one of America’s most powerful and reliable voting blocks. Over the past two presidential elections, they have played an integral role in the election and re-election of George W. Bush. In November 2004, Bush won 78 percent of evangelical voters nationally.

This year, however, opinion research has shown a shift in support among young evangelicals away from the Republican candidate, John McCain,and toward Barack Obama.

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VIDEO: Get Out the Vote Rally at Democratic Headquaters

BY N’JERI EATON//

The West Contra Costa County United Democratic Campaign Headquarters held a Get Out the Vote Rally in El Cerrito on Sunday to celebrate the work of volunteers. Read the full story

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City Council Debuts Technological Advancements at Regular Meeting

The front entrance of the new El Cerrito City Hall on San Pablo Avenue.

BY FERNANDO GALLO//

The El Cerrito City Council discussed technological advancements the city has made to better serve and educate its residents, as well as a new recycling system, at its bimonthly meeting on Oct. 20.

The council session, which also served as the Public Financing Authority meeting, marked only the second time the council has met in the new state-of-the-art city hall.

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SLIDESHOW: City Hall Goes Green

BY N’JERI EATON//

After two years of construction, the grand opening of the city hall this month marks a new green direction for the city. Read the full story

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