Daily Archives: October 25, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 10.25.12

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The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend

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OH THE HORROR! The 6th annual Berkeley Horror Film Festival is set for Saturday, with local filmmakers showing their pre-Halloween shorts in a fundraiser for Berkeley Community Media, the city-sponsored cable access channel and website. “We’ve seen clowns and witches running in the streets of Oakland and San Francisco and a lot of blood and guts,” said festival creator Jeff Lunzaga. “This year a lot of people are going on the whole zombie and monster thing. We actually have a western this year. We try to be ambitious.” Berkeley’s Horror Film festival starts at 7 p.m. at 2239 Martin Luther King Jr. Way at the Berkeley Community Media studios inside Berkeley High School. It includes a costume contest and a haunted house. Admission is $10 per person, but those who dress up pay just $5. … Continue reading »


Ranked choice creates uncertainty in mayoral race

Kriss Worthinton (l) and Tom Bates (r) sit next to one another at city council meetings but are facing off against one another in the 2012 mayoral race. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Tom Bates’ fourth race for Berkeley mayor has a different dynamic to the previous three. In all of those contests, he faced a single major challenger: Shirley Dean in 2002 and 2008, and Zelda Bronstein in 2006. He won comfortably each time; the closest vote was in 2002, when he beat Dean by 5,000 votes, 55% to 43%.

But this year there are two organized challengers, Jacquelyn McCormick and Kriss Worthington, and, equally important, the new system of ranked choice voting (RCV). If the challengers (along with long shots Kahlil Jacobs-Fantauzzi, Zachary Runningwolf and Bernt Wahl) can keep Bates’ tally below 50% plus one vote, then RCV will be used to produce an instant runoff. … Continue reading »

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Four More Years! Bill Santiago is 47% hilarious!

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For comedian Bill Santiago, presidential debates are a serious business. No drinking games for this political junkie. He watched the recent face-offs with one hand poised over a pad of paper and the other skittering across his laptop, sending out a steady flow of tweets.

“You’ve gotta keep the tweets coming,” says Santiago, a Huffington Post blogger, CNN contributor and Comedy Central regular. “There aren’t too many events when everyone’s watching like that.”

The New York comic, a frequent presence on Bay Area stages since he got his standup start in San Francisco in the late 1990s, returns to Berkeley on Friday for a two-night engagement at La Peňa. He’s best known as a trenchant observer of life along ever-shifting cultural fault lines, with shows like “The Immaculate Big Bang,” “The Funny of Latin Dance” and “Spanglish” (“twice the vocabulary and half the grammar!”), which led to his book “Pardon My Spanglish ¡Porque Because!” … Continue reading »