Daily Archives: October 27, 2010

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The Berkeley Wire: 10.27.10

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Will ranked-choice voting change the election?

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At Tuesday’s election, Berkeley voters will have their first experience of ranked-choice voting (RCV), also known as instant runoff voting. RCV is being used in Berkeley’s City Council elections. In RCV (explained rather folksily in the video above), voters can rank their candidate preferences. If no candidate wins a majority (50% plus one), the candidate with the lowest number of first-choice votes is eliminated. Votes cast for that candidate will be redistributed to the voter’s next-ranked choice. The … Continue reading »

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Berkeley parking fines to increase by $3.00

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The Berkeley City Council voted Tuesday night to raise parking ticket fees across the board by $3.00, laying the blame for the unpopular move at the feet of the state legislature. The increase will take effect on December 7th.

Without the $3.00 increase, the city stands to lose more than $1 million in the next two years, according to a city staff report. That’s because when the state passed its budget, it included a … Continue reading »

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Lawn sign wars?

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Following our story on Monday gauging the temperature of the District 8 City Council race by the number of lawn signs, incumbent Gordon Wozniak sent out the following email to his supporters:

I am in a tough re-election fight against two opponents who are running coordinated negative campaigns.

Today Berkeleyside stated that there are more lawn signs for my opponents than for Wozniak. I believe that Berkeleyside’s sampling is flawed. However, my opponents do have a lot of signs, … Continue reading »

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Spiral Gardens produce stand in jeopardy

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But this spring and summer plant sales dropped off dramatically, says co-director Lisa Stephens, and now the nonprofit may be forced to close its weekly produce stand if an infusion of funds is not secured quickly.

The all-volunteer organization is making a direct appeal … Continue reading »

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Where in Berkeley?

Where in Berkeley?

Know where this is? Take a guess and let us know in the comments.

Update, 10.13am: It took Ira Serkes all of two minutes to guess correctly that these are the Art Deco-style doors to the Elmwood Rialto Cinemas movie theater. Congratulations, Ira, on being this week’s winner.

Photo by Keoki Seu.

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Berkeley’s new recycling carts: How it’s going so far

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Martin Bourque, Executive Director of the Ecology Center, which has the contract for residential manages all recycling in Berkeley, sends in this report on the impact of the new split recycling carts which most city residents should now have received. He also addresses many of our readers’ questions and comments. (See the varied views on this issue with Berkeleyside’s previous coverage.)

Our first weeks of collection with carts have demonstrated a 20% lift … Continue reading »

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