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Best of Berkeleyside: This week’s most popular posts

Mike’s goats travel in his car on their way to a lawn-mowing gig. Photo: Dayna Macy

Several crisis hit the headlines this week, with a serious car accident leaving a young Oakland man in critical condition in hospital on Monday; a major outage leaving more than 12,000 Berkeley residents without power later that day; a downed power line and fire caused by a seagull on Tuesday; and a significant fire all but destroying a home on Benvenue Avenue on Wednesday.

Emergencies were also the focus of a well-read story on Thursday that covered the city’s bid to target the underserved populace in terms of disaster preparedness.

Lighter fare proved popular too, not least the photo sent in by Berkeleysider Dayna Macy of her neighbor giving a ride to his four goats in his Mercedes (above), and the welcome news that King Middle School had been voted one of the 25 “coolest” schools in the nation.

With just 30 days to go before the elections, don’t forget to check out Voter’s Edge Berkeley, our one-stop voting guide to the ten measures on the November ballot. The guide, which will be updated continuously until Nov. 6, is produced in partnership with MapLight.

Finally, if you are pondering whether to buy a ticket for our benefit, The Three Michaels: A Berkeley Conversation on Dec. 10, ponder no more — it won’t be long before we sell out. Visit Brown Paper Tickets for details.

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  • Superguest

    Your voter’s edge site has at least one very serious error in it.  

    Measure O would levy a tax of $0.00070 per square foot of improvements to raise $604,000 annually to pay for the operation and maintenance of the replacement Warm Water and Willard pools.

    The actual ballot measure reads:

    Shall a special tax of $0.00779 per square foot of improvements on
    land in Berkeley be authorized to fund maintenance and operation of
    the new Warm Water and Willard Pools, if a bond measure funding
    construction of those pools is adopted?

    Your figure is overly optimistic by over an order of magnitude!

    I really can’t imagine anything on that page that would have been more important to fact check.  You should publish a correction, and not just here in the comments where only a few people will see it.

    And please: proofread the rest of it.