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It's been tight y'all ...

So wrote the editorial staff of Urbanview, as they signed off for the final time.

In a sign of the newspaper times, the Oakland-based "alternative weekly" put out its final paper issue Wednesday.

The paper started printing three-and-a-half years ago, amid the dot-com boom. As the boom has busted, so has the newspaper industry.

Except on days like Sept. 12, 2001, the length of any newspaper is determined by the number of ads it sells. In recent weeks, Urbanview had come in at eight pages-not good. Not enough pages, and the paper prints at a monetary loss.

Looks like parent company Metro Newspapers got sick of losing money and pulled the plug.

It's not all that surprising. Avid Daily Cal readers-all of you, I'm sure-will have noticed we've cut down our circulation and shrunk the page size slightly. Things are hurting all over.

So do us a favor, and pick up our paper, everyday. Or better yet, send us a check.

Even better, send me a check. I'm in the book.

Mayoral Update: This one is for ... umm ...

Mayoral candidates Shirley Dean and Tom Bates were hot on the campaign trail last week, even making a stop at UC Berkeley.

In a small Barrows Hall classroom Thursday, the incumbent and challenger preached the good word to the Cal Democrats, both looking for their endorsement.

The two gave their standard stump speeches, slightly tailored: Bates emphasizing his connections, Dean her eight-year record.

Bates took the endorsement 14-5, with District 8 candidate Andy Katz casting the winning vote.

"I know in Sacramento, it's all about connections," one Dem said, and the sentiment carried the day.

It was a surprisingly different scene at a Friday night forum on the homeless. I expected the crowd, mostly people involved in providing services to the homeless, to lean left toward Bates.

Bates' claim that he "had friends in high places" failed to impress, however. In contrast, Dean drew cheers with her detailed local knowledge, her specific solutions, and her "let's work together" attitude.

It's an interesting commentary on the worldview of the two groups. The UC Berkeley students turned naturally to the big picture. To them, someone "connected" was someone to admire.

Those who have spent their lives homeless or working with them were much more concerned with the day-to-day-solutions-"How can you solve my problem now?"

I got the feeling these people were used to being shrugged off and dismissed.

And in this corner:

Last week I wrote about Katz's campaign and the challenge Gordon Wozniak posed ("A Little From Column A ..." Sept. 30).

Progressives are backing Katz and moderates are backing Wozniak in a district of homeowners, renters and students.

Both candidates need 45 percent to avoid a runoff. The wildcard in all this is Anne Wagley, the dark horse candidate.

Wagley will have hard time winning without the support of either of the city's two de facto political parties.

She will draw voters from both Katz and Wozniak, however.

Outflanking Katz on the left, Wagley received the Alameda County Green Party endorsement. She has strong ties to the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association, a bulwark of obstructionism, which could gain her the anti-development vote.

A Berkeley hills neighbor of Polly Armstrong, Wagley will pick up some upper-income votes that would have gone to Wozniak.

All this makes a Katz-Wozniak runoff and an expensive extended campaign, increasingly likely. So send Andy a check too. He's going to need it.

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