Political Signs

As I mentioned last week, there have been plenty of Halloween decorations to look at right now while I am out walking. Because we are getting close to the November elections, many front yards also bear signs promoting candidates and ballot measures. It will be interesting to see how close the results of the election are to what I can gather from viewing the lawn signs on my walks. Right now, for instance, I have seen a fairly equal number of signs for the two leading candidates for mayor. Will the race end up being fairly close? I have seen many “Yes” signs for Berkeley’s Measure A, which renews and combines existing taxes (expiring in 2007) that fund the public schools, but so far not a single “No on Measure B” sign. Is this a sign that the measure will pass overwhelmingly, or is just that Berkeley residents against the measure are not putting signs out in their yards (i.e., thinking that regardless of what they argue, a “No” sign would label them as someone who doesn’t care about children)?

If you have been reading Walking Berkeley for awhile, you know that my commentary about Berkeley is based on what I see while I am out on my quest to walk every street in this city. I purposely avoid using this blog as a general place to talk about Berkeley politics, as it is not the focus of my project, and because there are plenty of other places to read about the Berkeley political landscape. The San Francisco Chronicle regularly reports on Berkeley politics and culture, sometimes with a focus on perpetuating the “Berzerkeley” image. The Daily Californian, a U.C. Berkeley student newspaper, writes about the city in addition to campus issues. The Berkeley Daily Planet provides the most newspaper coverage of Berkeley politics. A fair amount of space in this newspaper is devoted to discussing and promoting architectural heritage and opposing development, but the newspaper also covers other political topics and runs many and varied editorials and letters to the editor. Beyond the newspapers, several blogs and political and neighborhood organization websites contain opinions about local issues.

When I started this walking project and was searching for mentions of others who had taken on similar walks, quite a few of the search results that turned up for variations of “walking the streets” turned out to be articles about political candidates pounding the pavement of their districts prior to the elections.

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1 Comment »

  1. Spike said

    Try “walk every street”.

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