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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Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside and CItyside co-founder, is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California, published in November...