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[14 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on McNerney’s Election Night in Dublin | ]

By Adelaide Chen
Nothing could spoil election night for volunteers who had donated time and money to send freshman Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) back to Washington D.C. for a second term.
McNerney delivered his victory speech just before midnight at an election party a few hours after Barack Obama’s Presidential win.  A crowd had stayed under the white tent in the parking lot of a union hall in Dublin to see McNerney’s moment of triumph, although Obama’s televised acceptance speech had ended and the caterers had packed up.
McNerney had led former State Assemblyman and Republican Dean Andal throughout the evening on the big television screen. In the end, the vote would turn out 55.4 percent McNerney, 44.6 percent Andal.
Democrats scored a …

Berkeley, Civic Life, Crime, Education, Fremont, Government, Oakland »

[13 Nov 2008 | 4 Comments | ]

Story by Linsay Rousseau Burnett
Hollywood often stereotypes librarians as mousy women in horn-rimmed glasses who hide behind books. But the work of a librarian is not limited to searching databases and silencing noisy patrons. As mandated by the Young Adult Services Association (part of the American Library Association), an element of advocacy underlies the work that librarians do. For one Alameda County Librarian, she took the mandate of advocacy to heart to ensure that her patrons, the inmates of the Alameda Juvenile Detention Hall, were not disenfranchised during the 2008 …

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[6 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on A Long Inconclusive Night for Brown and McClintock | ]

By Angela Kilduff
The results of the highly contested fourth district congressional race between State Senator Tom McClintock and Democrat Charlie Brown remained too close to call as of Thursday and may face a recount.

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[5 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Chinatown voters champion Obama, split on Prop 8 | ]

By Guo Shipeng
A steady stream of Chinese residents cast their votes in several polling stations in Oakland’s Chinatown throughout Tuesday, many supporting Obama in line with the community’s long-time leaning toward the Democrats.
But a considerable amount of Chinatown voters cited traditional Chinese family values and voted for Prop 8 that would ban same-sex marriages, disappointing a group of campaigners against the proposition who stayed outside a polling place for a whole day to try to win over people.

Centerville, Fremont, Irvington, Multimedia »

[4 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Fremont’s Muslims Back Obama | ]

Multimedia by Mateen Kaul and Tyler Sipe
Fremont’s large American-Muslim population was united behind Democratic candidate Barack Obama for the presidential election. 
Muslim voters said they were backing Obama largely because they thought he would do a better job than Republican rival John McCain in tackling the country’s economic problems.
But they also felt President Obama would be better for their countries of origin, such as Pakistan and Afghanistan, and the international community in general.

Eastlake, Government, Immigration, Oakland »

[3 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Oakland’s Older Vietnamese Supporting McCain | ]

By Adelaide Chen
An older generation of Vietnamese Americans is leaning toward Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain–while their younger counterparts are favoring Barack Obama.
Among Asians in California, Vietnamese are most likely to support McCain, at 53 percent, according to the National Asian American Survey conducted by professors from three universities.

Berkeley, Civic Life, Government, On Campus »

[31 Oct 2008 | One Comment | ]

Video by Angela Kilduff and Casey Miner
See what’s on people’s minds in Berkeley with four days left until the election.

Berkeley, Civic Life, Government, On Campus »

[28 Oct 2008 | One Comment | ]

By Angela Kilduff
BERKELEY — It was standing room only at last week’s mayoral debate, and the audience heard from twice as many candidates’ perspectives than the event billed. Two write-in candidates, Kahlil Jacobs-Fantauzzi and Zachary RunningWolf, joined Mayor Tom Bates and Shirley Dean on stage to discuss their positions on Berkeley issues. Over 100 people attended the debate, sponsored by The Berkeley Daily Planet and held at the West Berkeley Senior Center.