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A newt and a salamander on South Park Drive. Photo: Alan Shabel

Once again the Nov. 6 election dominated this week’s news and heated up the Berkeleyside comments section. Voters were outraged by our report on the rampant destruction of campaign signs, even on people’s private property. The battle of two opposing slates for four seats on the Rent Board reflected divisions over whether the existing board is too pro-tenant or pro-landlord. Our article on whether candidates spent their campaign funds in Berkeley or elsewhere prompted a lot of discussion.

Berkeleyside also ran stories on the race for District 2, how ranked choice voting is creating uncertainly in the mayor’s race, and how two Berkeley High students are bringing politics to school.  There were also a number of lively arguments in our Opinionator section. See all our 2012 election coverage in one place.

There was other news as well, most notable our story on how this week’s rains had brought newts out on South Park Drive in Tilden Park. The road doesn’t close until Nov. 1, so many newts have been run over, prompting neighbors to call for earlier and extended road closures. On a positive note, parents lauded the new Breathmobile that visited a Berkeley school, the Berkeley Rep’s Iliad garnered outstanding reviews, and the Edible Schoolyard Project has a new head.

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  • Tizzielish

    The only mayoral candidate I saw at today’s farmers market was Tom Bates. He looks like a nice old man and I am pretty sure he would have greeted me. I could not bring myself to speak to him, knowing his record as our mayor. He’s in the pockets of developers and focussed on having an egotistical legacy in Berkeley, imho, not the least bit driven by the common good. Ego driven.

    But at least he was there, running. No KRISS, no Jackie. Why the heck not?

    No on T was there, thank goddess.

  • Charles_Siegel

     I saw Tom Bates there also. 

    My own opinion is that he is in favor of smart growth for environmental reasons.  When he was in the Assembly, he introduced a law making it easier to build “Transit Village’s,” which received widespread support from environmentalists. Environmentalists are generally in favor of smart growth, and the state has passed a law (SB375) encouraging smart growth as a method of controlling global warming. 

    In my opinion, the proof of Tom Bates’ sincerity is the fact that he gave up his car and started walking as his main means of transportation, in order to minimize his own carbon footprint.  This doesn’t sound like someone who is trying to aggrandize himself. 

    I should add that I disagree with him about a couple of development issues. Most notably, I oppose high-rises downtown, and I opposed the West Berkeley Bowl. 

    Nevertheless, I think it is a big mistake to demonize him.  There is no evidence at all that his focus is egotistical.  

  • 4Eenie

    I walked past him as he was waiting at the bus stop the other afternoon. I was surprised to see him taking the bus, and I was glad to see his words put into action.

  • anonymous

     I think they were doing door-to-door campaigning and distribution–Bates has oceans more money to spend on mailing.

  • Charles_Siegel

     I saw Bates doing door-to-door campaigning on the previous Saturday (missing the Stanford game).

  • Gus

    Darryl Moore is the only candidate who has come to my house, but had some pro-Tom literature with him. McCormick has about a million yard signs in West Berkeley (placed by an unemployed anti-growth activist), but has not personally visited our neighborhood. Most of my neighbors don’t seem to really know who she is. We don’t see a lot of rich ladies from the Uplands down here.